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FREE s Friday, October 11, 2013 NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY B3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL A6 B1 IAN ANDERSON B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROGRAM ENCOURAGES BREASTFEEDING Ups babies’ odds for a healthier life By Kathleen Merryman Ruby Washington has eaten at only one spot and had only one food in all her life. There she has found everything her body needs, and even more for her brain. Ruby is 10 months old, and that spot is her mother’s breast. This week, she and her mom, Jamila Kinnay-Jones, 20, volunteered to encourage moms in the AfricanAmerican community to breastfeed their babies. Lea Johnson is one of Ruby’s favorite people and one of KinnayJones’ most valuable supporters. She’s a Nurse-Family Partnership visiting nurse with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and her aim is to help new moms understand the health, emotional and economic benefits of choosing to breastfeed rather than defaulting to formula. In particular, she works with African-American moms and babies in X See HEALTH / page A10 PHOTOS BY CEDRIC LEGGIN GO RUBY! Jamila Kinnay-Jones breastfeeds her daughter, Ruby Washington, and encourages other moms to do the same. RIGHT ų WHAT’S WITH TACOMA Community center for the East Side is the perfect solution By Kathleen Merryman TOP PHOTO BY LAUREN SCHULTZ, STADIUM HIGH SCHOOL, BOTTOM PHOTOS BY BRANNON RONIA, STADIUM HIGH SCHOOL WE DAY. (Top) Participants at Tacoma Public Schools’ We Day Tacoma cheer during a day of inspiration and action Thursday, Oct. 3, at Life Center. (Left) Lincoln High School head football coach, grad, and former NFL player Jon Kitna, talks to students. (Middle) Tacoma high school student volunteers react during crowd warm-ups. (Right) Singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez warms up backstage before her performance. STUDENTS CHALLENGED TO BE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS 7TH GRADERS RALLY By Steve Dunkelberger A ll the cell phones and iPads waving in the air weren’t there because they were charging their batteries. But they might as well have been since the energy at Tacoma Public Schools rally at Life Center last week certainly sparked with electricity in the air. Some 2,000 seventh graders from around the district gathered Oct. 3 for “We Day,” a high-energy, focused program meant to promote the power young people have to create positive social change in their local and global communities. The event was modeled after the international “We Day” program to inspire teens to be active in their communities. The “We Day-Tacoma” rally was the kickoff to a year-long program that offers curricular resources to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained activation with practical tools. Students, for example, Patron’s Award A3 ELECTION ’13: Incumbent Winskill faces Gordon for school board PAGE A4 BETTER WORLD ON THE WAY SPEAKERS PROMOTE ACTIVISM chose a local or global cause to support and develop associated community service goals to be completed by the end of the school year. The event included a barrage of energy from student acts and local community performers as well as a roster of inspirational speakers that included Lincoln High School football coach and former Seahawk Jon Kitna; singer/song writer, 2011 finalist on “The Voice” and Stadium High School graduate Vicci Martinez; Ms. Wheelchair America Jennifer Adams of Tacoma; current “The Voice” contestant and Stadium grad Stephanie Johnson; and rapper Rockwell Powers. All the effort and all the words of inspiration targeted students like Meeker Middle School student Daniel Tauas. He doesn’t volunteer much, but wants to get more involved in his community. “I’m just too busy right now,” he said, noting that he plays football and basketball. “I just don’t have the time with sports and everything.” Youth Football A8 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 But the message of the event is that there is always time to spark change through community service. “It starts with a decision every day to be a positive person,” Adams said, saying that everyone has a talent that should be shared. “You have something to offer the world.” “We Day” is part of a family of organizations, including “Free The Children” and “Me to We,” that has a shared goal: to empower a generation to shift the world from “me” to “we” – through how people act, how people give, the choices people make on what to buy and what to wear, the media they consume. The effort has involved 1.7 million students from 5,700 schools in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, which raised $26 million for 900 causes and donated 5.1 million hours of volunteer hours. Photos by Stadium High School students Emma Joy Miller, Brannon Ronia and Lauren Schultz at the event can be found at Pages/we-day.aspx. Loretta Lynn B2 Resources for young people began to drain out of the East Side in 2010. That’s when the Boys & Girls Club closed its center at 614 E. 64th St. and sold the building East Side families had built to bring valuable club programs to the neighborhood. Did that youth center work? Ask Jon Kitna. He went there. Following up on the values emphasized at the club, he set high goals, worked hard to achieve them, and has come back to serve his community. Next to go was the Swan Creek Library in 2011. The building was bad, and worse because of deferred maintenance. When the time came to choose which libraries to close, Swan Creek’s strengths worked against it. It won national awards as a literacy center. Collaborating with Tacoma Community House, the library was a place where newcomers to this nation could learn the language and computer skills to become productive citizens. But low circulation of books, rather than high use of on-site resources, plus the neglect of the poorly-designed building counted against it. And then there was the loss, for lack of money, of a summer camp that Northwest Leadership Foundation and Tacoma Housing Authority offered for free to lowincome children. It combined fun with learning and taught responsibility, offering summer jobs as counselors to young people as they aged up. The irony now is that the part of Tacoma that needs these resources most has the least of them. The East Side is home to Salishan, a mixed-income community that includes subsidized housing. Low-income residents who can work come there to become stable while they learn the skills they need to become independent. Then they move on. By definition, that element of the community has high turnover. That’s a good thing for the families who move up and out, but it means that there is always an above-normal percentage of families with low incomes and poor skills. Turnover in the subsidized housing is close to 30 percent a year. For the most part, that reflects the good news that, through hard work and solid support services, families are succeeding. There are, of course, anomalies. Families get evicted if they are involved in crime or illegal drug use. That’s good policy, protecting taxpayer dollars and the safety of the lawabiding residents. But both kinds of turnover can be tough on kids. Solid resources and organized activities that give young people a sense of belonging can help. 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