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It’s April Pools Day Saturday the region and the nation designed to help reduced childhood drowning and teach families safe habits in and around water. The event is an opportunity for children and parents to learn water safety skills that could save a life during a water emergency. April Pools Day is sponsored by the Drowning Prevention Network of Washington State, Seattle Children’s Hospital and local pools. More information about April Pools Day can be found at www.seattlechildrens.org/dp-apd.

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Tukwila Village takes two important steps BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

The Tukwila Village project has taken two key steps forward. The residential and commercial project at South 144th Street and Tukwila International Boulevard is broken into three phases. It will feature a new King County Library System branch, a plaza and commons and housing for senior citizens. The project developer, Tukwila Village Development Associates, submitted a building permit application March 27 for Phase 1, which covers the north side of South 144th Street and includes the new library. Then, the night of March 27, the city’s Board of Architectural Review approved the design for Phase 2, which is the nearly 2 acres on the south side of South 144th Street. The review board, which consists of members of the Tukwila Planning Comtukwila reporter

mission, approved the site plan for Phase 1 and the new library in November. Phase 3 design review will go before the board in the next six to 12 months, according to Derek Speck, Tukwila’s economic development director. City staff will now begin review of the Phase 1 building permit application, which will take three or four months, according to Speck. The review includes whether the project meets codes related to building, fire, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, stormwater, among others. The City of Tukwila will break ground on Tukwila Village once the building permit is issued. Phase 2 of Tukwila Village includes two mixed-use buildings, with 68 units of senior housing in one building and 125 senior units in the other. More information about the Tukwila Village project is available online at the City of Tukwila website, www.tukwilawa. gov/tukwilavillage.html.

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Sleep Country’s Pajama Bowl for Foster Kids is Sunday, April 27, at ACME Bowl in Tukwila and in Kirkland. Sleep Country’s Pajama Bowl raises money to fund the resources and “little extras” local foster children often go without. Participants can choose to bowl at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. when they register for the event. Registration is open now at SleepCountryFosterKids.org; there’s a $250 minimum contribution – $50/person. Acme Bowl is at 100 Andover Park W. in Tukwila.


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Kids dig in to help Tukwila mark Arbor Day Duwamish challenge

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The Restore the Duwamish River Challenge is an ongoing effort to restore the river’s shoreline. The next cleanups are April 19, May 9 and June 13. Learn more about the challenge and register for an event at

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Kids at a spring-break camp at the Tukwila Community Center helped celebrate Arbor Day April 9 by planting nine native trees along the Duwamish River. Mayor Jim Haggerton read the Arbor Day proclamation and told the kids that Tukwila is named after a tree in the Duwamish Indian language, “Land where the hazelnuts grow.” Tukwila is part of Tree City USA, the Arbor Day Foundation. City workers planted the “mayor’s tree,” a big leaf maple, then the kids went to work. First, they offered their answers to the question, What are the benefits of trees? One young boy answered “dying,” which park superintendent Robert Eaton said is true. Then he changed his question, “What are some good things.” Trees clean the air, provide food and help with oxygen, were some of the answers. And two tips for planting trees: Don’t jump on the shovel and gently remove the tree from the container by tapping its sides to loosen the soil. The Arbor Day event was a joint venture of the city’s Parks Nate Robinson, a Tukwila teen and Recreation Deprogram specialist, supervises the partment and the Dedigging of a hole for a tree. Dean A. partment of CommuRadford/Tukwila Reporter nity Development. Sandra Whiting, a city environmental specialist, said the trees were planted along a part of a long stretch of the Duwamish River that’s being cleared of invasive blackberries. “The idea is to provide some shade for the river” said Whiting, and some vegetation along the river where bugs will flourish and feed the fish.

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Youngsters from the City of Tukwila spring-break camp at the Tukwila Community Center help city worker Randy Engle dig a hole for a tree April 9. RIGHT: Mayor Jim Haggerton reads the Arbor Day proclamation. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

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ers waiting to board the bus to Cascade View Elementary School had little or no adult supervision. They were endangered by impatient drivers and by their propensity to act like, well, kids. Lemus and her step-daughter Marie Lemus organized a system to line up the students that cut the time to load them in about half. And they’re there nearly every day, morning and afternoon, to help monitor behavior – and, as you’ll read, make sure they don’t go to school wet. The Lemus team is unique and Ann and Marie deserve the thanks of all the adults who live in the nearby apartment complexes who have kids at that stop. This is also a larger story of parental responsibility. Until your kids board a school bus after leaving home, you’re responsible for their safety. The school district expects that the kids will show “classroom behavior” at the bus stop and on the bus. But that doesn’t always happen, so thanks to any adults who step up to keep our kids safe.

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Welcome to spring! Schools always have an energy surge this time of year as the days get longer and warmer. It’s like we are all verdantly emerging from the gray drizzle of winter, and even the hint of a sun ray is sure to draw a gathering of students outside to common areas to talk, eat, laugh, linger . . . Watching this recent buzz of activity in the outdoor amphitheater at Foster High School, I recalled how many important things I have learned about my schools in this type of seemingly casual environment. Students, for the most part, are incredible self-advocates who want to speak up about their experiences; but I have discovered that if I want to understand their world, I have to seek them out in it. Among friends, on their “home turf,” in a less formal adult-kid power structure, students feel safe to talk — what’s going right? What’s not? How’s life? This revelry sparked an “aha” moment several nights later during a community-wide meeting about the district’s emerging strategic plan. Those who came had a thoughtful, deep conversation about their hopes, dreams, and priorities for local students. Those who came, however, represented only a handful of residents in this community. Yes, we offered interpreters and food and advertised as widely as we could throughout the district — but, as I flashed back to my experience with students, I realized that this type of formal evening setting is likely outside the comfort level for many families. So in addition to the next community-wide strategic plan meeting at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 17, at Tukwila Elementary, I want to make a standing offer: LET ME COME TO YOU! Wherever you gather and feel connected to community, let me come there, to your home turf, where you are at ease and empowered to speak your truth. This could be a faith-based, service, civic, or business organization; it could even be your home or apartment complex. I want to talk to you specifically about the strategic plan because it will be the roadmap that shapes our schools for years to come. It’s not my strategic plan. It’s our strategic plan. We are cultivating community for one Tukwila. But I understand that “strategic plan” sounds pretty corporate and daunting. Instead, think of it this way: I want to talk with you about your experiences with local schools and your expectations for how we educate children. You personally already have all the knowledge you need to be an expert for this conversation. Please take me up on my offer. Come to this week’s meeting, or call me and I’ll come to you. We can talk about the strategic plan in the more formal sense or we can discuss any educational issues of interest to you. Our community liaisons — who connect schools with the Burmese-, Nepali-, Somali-, Spanish-speaking families —are more than willing to help facilitate these conversations. I am at 206-901-8006 or coogann@tukwila.wednet.edu. Talk to you soon! In service, Dr. Nancy Coogan Dr. Nancy Coogan is superintendent of the Tukwila School District. Nancy Coogan

Volunteers are the selfless among us who see a need to fill or answer a call to serve, without expecting anything in return. And, in Tukwila, there are plenty of selfless people. In 2013 volunteers of all stripes in the city donated more than 10,065 hours to help others through their churches, their schools, their government and their businesses and community organizations. Last week was National Volunteer Week, as proclaimed by Mayor Jim Haggerton, to recognize those volunteers who made such a difference in Tukwila. This month’s cover story is about two “guardian angels,” two women who watch over a busy school bus stop on South 144th Street just west of Tukwila International Boulevard. Ann Lemus, a mother, an aunt and a grandmother, saw a need and acted. Dozens of grade school-

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This is Tukwila’s chance to get TIB right You know about the hotels up on Tukwila International Boulevard (TIB), right? The city is buying the Great Bear Motor Inn, the Boulevard Motel and Travelers Choice Motel. They are closed and boarded up. It will take a while to complete the deals. The approximate total cost will be $3.6 million not including transaction costs. The money will likely come from the facilities fund and bonding (borrowing).

The buildings will probably be taken down. This will reduce the value of the properties. When it is time to sell the properties, it will be tempting to sell to the highest bidder regardless of what they want to build. More fast food anyone? The city should not do this. Instead, a developer should be selected who will build to the vision of Tukwila and improve TIB. Tukwila Village will be well on its way to completion. Hopefully this will make

the motel properties more attractive and a better value to developers. As time goes by, Tukwila will be looking to buy other properties on TIB within the urban renewal area. This will have to be balanced with some major upcoming transportation projects that may require some significant dollars. Tukwila Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish can be reached via email at chuckparrish2009@gmail.com


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Tukwila’s milk nourished generations BY PAT BRODIN AND LOUISE JONES-BROWN TUKWILA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

AT LEFT: The Golden Arrow Dairy was one of numerous dairies in the Tukwila that for decades in the 1900s sold milk throughout the Seattle area; the dairy herds grazed on the Green River Valley – where Southcenter stands today – when it was farmland. AT RIGHT: The dairy is still visible during construction of Interstate 405 in the mid 1960s. The view is northeast at Southcenter Boulevard and 65th Avenue South. Tukwila Historical Society

time selling kosher milk and ice cream. Son Wynn recalls: “During World War II, with gasoline shortages, dairies traded business. One of the Golden Arrow routes that traveled to Ballard traded equal quartage with another company whose route came to Burien.” By 1948 the commercial value of the land was drawing the attention of developers, the City of Tukwila began considering annexation of the area that included the Golden Arrow Dairy property. Cows

Alarm fees increase BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

For the first time in years, the City of Tukwila is increasing the fees billed for false alarms that draw a police or fire response. The new fees adopted by the City Council in March went into effect April 1. Under the new fee schedule, the first two false alarms are free, the third false alarm is $150 and the fourth and subsequent alarms are $200 each. Until now, the fee for the third and subsequent police false alarms was $25; the fourth and subsequent false fire alarm was $50. The number of false alarms is calculated on a calendar year. The higher fees are designed to recoup more of the costs of responding and to deter more false alarms. The city last changed the fees for a police false alarm in 1985 and in 2004 for fire false alarms. In 2012 there were 872 police false alarms; businesses and residences were billed $6,375 for 255 of those. During the same year, there were 552 fire false alarms; businesses and residences were billed $600 for 17 of those. Responding to a false alarm is not only costly to the city but could also mean a delayed response to a legitimate call, according to city officials. Typically, two officers respond to a secu-

rity alarm at a residence or business, taking 10 to 20 minutes to check windows and doors for any signs of a break-in. A fire response takes about 30 minutes; firefighters must gear up apparatus before leaving a fire station, according to the city. The city bills for the costs to respond, including personnel and vehicles, and for the time to bill and collect payments. The city has offered tips on how to avoid false alarms: Homeowners • Keep pets, helium-filled balloons, plants, and other loose items away from the motion sensor. • Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked to ensure that all alarm contacts are properly aligned. • Make sure all guests understand the alarm system, explaining how to enter/exit the residence without setting off the alarm and, if it’s accidentally set off, how to deactivate it correctly and quickly. • Call 911 and report an accidental alarm so emergency crews can be advised. • In addition, be sure that an alarm system is properly maintained and in good operating condition. Businesses • Be sure that all staff members are trained on how to properly activate and deactivate the alarm system. • Explain not to leave the area right away; wait a few minutes to ensure that the alarm system does not have a false activation.

used to pass beneath the street through a concrete structure to graze beyond where Tukwila Parkway now runs. The old cattle crossing existed under Southcenter Boulevard until street improvements were made in the late 1980s. The farmland had been sold to the Andover Co. and was later developed into the Andover Industrial Park site near the Southcenter retail area. (Excerpted from ‘Tukwila – Community at the Crossroads” written by Dr. Kay Re-

inartz; Chapter 13 entitled “Dairy Farms, Nurseries and Market-Garden Farms Flourish in the Duwamish Valley”) Pat Brodin is past president of the Tukwila Historical Society, which operates the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center. Louise Jones-Brown is the center’s interim director. The center can be reached by phone at 206-244-HIST or via email at tukwilaheritagectr@tukwilahistory.org.

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The Duwamish River Valley was dotted with many family dairies starting in the late 1800s. Many of the homestead immigrants found rich soil in the river bottoms that produced more hay per acre. John Wesley Maple’s Teetalk Dairy was listed in the 1897 Polk directory as being located at the mouth of the Duwamish River. Further up river were dairies established by Archie Codiga, Herman Anderson, James Nelsen and his brother Charlie and James Nielsen who established Riverview Farms which was still running wholesale routes in 1990. In 1922 Herman and Grace Anderson moved from Skagit County to Tukwila and started Hermway Dairy with 11 cows. By 1929 the company had 12 retail milk routes; by 1950 there were 30. The herd of 150 cows on 180 acres could not support continued growth, and Anderson bought milk from Consolidated Dairy Products in Burlington. He hauled the milk 90 miles to Tukwila early each morning. Anderson kept innovating to increase business, for a

CALENDAR • April 17: 7 p.m., monthly membership meeting, Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S. • May 15: 7 p.m., monthly membership meeting, Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S. • May 22-23: 7 p.m., Spring Theater Production -Military Road Play, Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St.


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Twice in just three days, the Tukwila Community Center sheltered Tukwila residents who were ousted from their apartments by fire. The center’s gym was filled with cots and tables and lunch and dinner were cooking in its kitchen, provided by the American Red Cross and its partners. Three residents of the Boulevard at South Station apartments on South 154th Street near Southcenter needed temporary shelter after a suspicious, two-alarm fire March 28 at the apartment complex. And then Sunday morning, March 30, smoke filled the hallways of Riv- Sherry Watson was one of the displaced residents of the Riverside Residence In erside Residence Inn in north Tuk- in north Tukwila taking shelter at the Tukwila Community Center. Dean A. Radford/ wila after another suspicious fire drew Tukwila Reporter. multiple fire agencies. around the corner, down the hall,” she ter clients. Forty-seven residents, including Red Cross partners donate food said. “It was crazy.” three children, were brought to the She and her husband grabbed what for the shelters. The meals are basic, community center, where they were they could, including a jacket and pair meat, potatoes and a vegetable. sheltered until the evening of April 2. Sometimes folks are “cranky” beof shoes, and got out. The cause of both fires was under On hand was the American Red cause of the food, but that’s because investigation by the Tukwila fire marCross to provide assistance to those of they circumstance they are in, said shal and damage estimates weren’t yet Burke. in need. available. Burke says she replies in a fun jocu“They were amazing,” said Watson. Tukwila Police officers also reMaggie Burke, the lar way: “I say ‘You now, this is really sponded to an incishelter’s manager for survivorship, it’s not cruise ship.’” dent Riverside, inMonday, staff at the community the Red Cross, was volving the resident DONATE back at the Tukwila center dropped off games and cards at of the room where Donations can be Community Center the gym. Burke expressed gratitude to the fire started. made online to the Sunday, March 30, af- the City of Tukwila for its support. Tukwila Police American Red Cross. The Red Cross has trailers filled ter setting up a smaller Commander Eric www.redcross.org/ overnight stay for the with cots and other supplies. A tarp Drever said the resiwa/seattle/ways-to-doresidents of the the was placed to protect the wood floor dent’s visitor threatnate Boulevard apartments. in the gym. Lights go off at 10 p.m. ened him with a Public Health – Se- and back on at 7 p.m., but there’s a knife. The resident attle and King County place to gather outside the gym if fled and the suspect had a nurse at the community cen- people just can’t sleep. was found hiding in some bushes. He Fire crews from Renton, Kent and ter to provide assistance. Mayor Jim was taken into custody. Haggerton visited the shelter Monday Burien responded to help fight the One resident of the Riverside was two-alarm fire at the Riverside Resimorning. treated by medics for a finger laceraThe Red Cross has an agreement dence Inn on Tukwila International tion. with the City of Tukwila to use the Boulevard just south of Boeing Field. Sherry Watson was eating breakfast Tukwila Fire Department Battalion community center for such emerSunday morning, watching a movie, gencies. It’s one of about 300 pre- Chief Marty Roberts said the fire was at about 11 a.m. when the fire alarms determined facilities in the Seattle contained to an apartment on the first went off. area where the Red Cross can set up floor and was extinguished quickly. “I opened my door. I thought it was “The smoke was the biggest issue,” shelters nothing and went back in,” she said. Tukwila’s community center is Roberts said, in the U-shaped buildAbout 30 seconds later she heard particularly attractive because it has ing. somebody scream, “This is real.” space (the gym), bathrooms, showers “I opened the door again and – and a big kitchen to cook meals – Editor Dean A. Radford can be watched as the smoke was coming beef stew Sunday night – for the shelreached at 425-255-3484, ext. 5150.

The deadline to return ballots in this month’s special election is 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 – at a secured dropbox. Voters returning ballots by mail need to affix first-class postage and ensure the envelope is postmarked by April 22.

The countywide ballot includes a measure to improve Metro transit service. All voters were to receive a ballot and a voters’ pamphlet, which will be mailed separately. All voters will receive the same voters’ pamphlet. Voters have many options for returning their ballot, including drop

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Teens’ voices heard at the Foster Library BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

Tukwila’s teens have a voice in how the Foster Library operates and a chance to make a difference in the new library at Tukwila Village through the Tukwila Library Council. The president of the council is Cierra Ghafari, a junior at Foster High School, who feels strongly about libraries and attributes much of her success to them. “I love them, because without libraries I wouldn’t have developed my love for reading or books,” she said. “And without that, I wouldn’t have been in my honors classes and my AP classes.” She developed her social skills at the library and the way she talks with people – “everything,” she says. It was Ghafari’s idea last September to start a Tukwila Library Council at the Foster Library; such teen advisory groups exist at other libraries in the King County LiWorld Book Night brary System, according to Here are the books that Rachel McDonald, the teen will be distributed April librarian at the Foster and 23 by members of the Valley View libraries. Tukwila Library Council. The council has about 15 members who meet once a Where’d You Go, Bernamonth but volunteer regudette? by Maria Semple larly at the library in such Hotel at the Corner of programs as Book Buddies, Bitter and Sweet by Jawhere they help younger mie Ford kids with their reading Ranger’s Apprentice by skills. John Flanagan Later this month, the Code Name Verity by council will bring books Elizabeth Wein to the community around Sunrise Over Fallujah Foster High School, as part by Walter Dean Myers of World Book Night, a national effort during which thousands of books will be distributed. “We’re going to distribute them out to the community, to spread the joy of reading in our community,” Ghafari said. Fittingly, World Book Night is April 23 – William Shakespeare’s birthday. The library will receive 20 copies of five “really good books,” she said. “The catch is we can’t hand them out unless we read them or have read them,” she said. “So if the person asks what’s the book about, we can tell honestly whether they would like it.” The council members will distribute the books close to Foster High School, venturing up to Tukwila International Boulevard. The books will go to “people we might think look like they need a good book to read,” she said. Year round, the Tukwila Library Council promotes the programs at the Foster Library, provides a voice for teens in the library’s operations and acts as library ambassadors to their peers, McDonald said. A KCLS facilities coordinator showed pictures of furniture to the council for the teen section of the new library – bean-bag chairs and a “really cool” swivel hair. The council won’t know for sure whether their choices will end up in the new library until all design work is done. But McDonald pointed out that the teens’ choices for a renovated Auburn Library were selected. “I am excited now,” said Ghafari. “Those chairs were comfortable.” A date hasn’t been set yet, but the council is planning a readathon to raise at least $5,000 for an expanded com-

AT LEFT: Cierra Ghafari president of the Tukwila Library Council, stands among the racks at the Foster Library. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter. BELOW: Tommy Dang, a member of the Tukwila Library Council, reads to participants in the Foster Library’s Book Buddies program. Tukwila School District

munity room at the library. Council members will contact potential donors who will pledge money for every part or all of a book read. Ghafari will graduate from Foster before the new library is built. Despite her love of libraries, she doesn’t plan to become a librarian. “I want to be an FBI agent,” she said, and write, too. For sure, she wants to get into some type of law. “I am just going to have to see where life takes me,” she said. Dean A. Radford can be reached at 425-255-3484, ext. 5150.


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Tukwila Office of Code Enforcement Phone: 206-431-3670 Email: CodeEnforcement@TukwilaWA.gov

Improving Neighborhood Appearance In response to citizen concerns, at the April 7 City Council meeting the Department of Community Development presented a plan to increase code enforcement presence in our residential neighborhoods. The plan includes streamlining the code enforcement process, adding temporary staff to help manage the backlog, and involving the community by way of a “Spring Clean-Up� event in June. Concentrating on the residential neighborhoods and the Tukwila International Boulevard corridor will help us meet the City’s Strategic Plan goal of “a community of inviting neighborhoods.� Code Enforcement is committed to improving the look and feel of our neighborhoods through code compliance, and we encourage all citizens to get involved. Please email Code Enforcement at CodeEnforcement@TukwilaWA.gov, or call 206-431-3671.

Traffic to be affected by Interurban project that will improve roadway and stabilize slopes Tukwila’s Public Works Department is finalizing a construction contract for the Interurban Roadway project, which will extend from just south of 58th Ave South to the Fort Dent intersection. The construction is currently anticipated to begin in late spring/early summer of 2014 and will likely run through the 2015 construction season. This project will likely cause localized traffic congestion for much of construction on this heavily used traffic corridor between the I-405 and I-5 interchanges. Proposed roadway improvements include replacing the water and storm drainage utilities as well as extensive roadside improvements including curb, gutter, sidewalk, planter strips and center medians through much of the project limits. Another significant feature of the work will be retaining wall reconstruction and additional slide protection along the river bend just west of the Fort Dent/Starfire Park. Through traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for most of Spring 2014–2015. Access to local businesses and residences (including bus service) will be maintained, however commuters who use the arterial for transportation through the work zone are strongly encouraged to explore alternate routes. For project updates and announcements, click on the “Construction Activity� link on the City’s home page at TukwilaWA.gov.

We have also sent a small specialized team of six people that have been assigned to assist the group trying to divert the Stillaguamish River to make searching a little easier. They are Captain Chuck Mael as Team Leader, Captain Ken Beckman, and firefighters Matt Czuleger, Matt Houchens, Andy Nevens and Patrick O’Brien. Their work to lower water levels will positively impact the entire recovery operation.

Fight identity theft! Take advantage of a FREE Shredding Event at BECU Tukwila Financial Center – Satuday, April 19, 10AM to 1PM

SPECIAL EVENT RECYCLING COLLECTION â?– Anti-freeze â?– Motor oil and filters â?– Lead acid batteries

Firefighter Matt Hickey, who serves as our city Communications Leader, is working in the Arlington Command Center. Additionally, we sent our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator, Raejean Kreel, to the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center in Everett. Raejean is serving to help with logistics, alongside Tukwila Captain Mike McCoy, who is now serving as the Operations Section Chief. I’m sure many of you have seen pictures on the news of the large flag posted in the middle of the debris field. Tukwila is proud to report we donated that flag to the site on behalf of the City. Our Task Force members participated in posting it. It was an emotional event for all. I am very proud of our City of Tukwila first responder employees, and I’d like to formally thank them for helping our neighbors to the north in their time of need, as I know other communities would have done for us.

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You may be eligible for 2013 utility tax rebates In 2003 the City of Tukwila imposed a Utility Tax and added surcharge to Seattle City Light customers as a contract fee. With Resolution No. 1647, the City established policy to rebate the additional taxes and contract surcharge fees to low-income seniors (62 or older) or disabled residents who may be eligible for electric and natural gas utility rebates.

â—† Must be at least 62 years of age or disabled. â—† Must have combined income of less than $31,150 or less than $27,250 if single. â—† Must be a Puget Sound Energy or Seattle City Light customer.

Required â?– Must complete application and notarized supplemental information affidavit at the Finance Department in Tukwila City Hall. due by â?– Must provide copy of their 2013 Income Tax Return. June 30, 2014 â?– Provide copy of their Puget Sound Energy or Seattle City Light 12/31/13 billing statement as verification of customer account status. Payment process

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Helping a community in need – Tukwila responds to the Oso tragedy

Tukwila Fire Captains Jason Konieczka, Mark Morales and Rich Rees were part of the first team from the Washington State FEMA Task Force team. Firefighters Merle Brooks and Aaron Johnson were part of the second team, and are currently in Oso serving as of this writing. This team is working with excavators– in 12-hour shifts, from 7:00am to 7:00pm – to painstakingly search through the massive mud slide.

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Mayor’s Message March 22, 2014, will be remembered as the day the community of Oso was forever changed by a devastating landslide. For a few members of the Tukwila Fire Department, their lives were also changed as they answered a call for help from county, State and Federal agencies. Tukwila is humbled and proud to lend our employees and equipment to the difficult search and recovery effort.

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� Residential propane tanks ($5 charge) � Appliances ($5 charge for each water heater with insulation) � Porcelain toilets and sinks (remove toilet seats, hardware and base wax rings; $10 charge) � Refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers ($25 charge per unit) � Clean white styrofoam blocks (expanded polystyrene only – look for a #6 or EPS inside the recycling symbol). No urethane foam cushions, polypropylene, or foam insulation. Material must be dry. You can also drop this material at Styro Recycle, 800 SW 43rd Street in Renton. Visit StyroRecycle.com, or call 253-838-9555.) � Mattresses, box springs, futons (any size; $10 fee per mattress, box spring, or futon. No furniture or frames. No wet or soiled items. Vendor reserves the right to refuse any item it cannot recycle.) PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED. ALL ITEMS ARE RECYCLED AT NO CHARGE, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. ALL USER FEES MUST BE PAID BY CASH ONLY.

RAIN BARREL SALE On May 17, Tukwila residents will have the opportunity to purchase recycled plastic rain barrels during the Special Recycling Collection Event at the Tukwila Village site. These barrels will be sold for the reduced price of $25, cash only. Supplies are very limited; first come, first served! Rain barrel purchase is limited to one per household; proof of your Tukwila residence/address is required.

Come discuss what’s on your mind from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at FOSTER GOLF CLUBHOUSE 13500 Interurban Ave S

Next Chat: May 10 Council Chat is a monthly chance to stop by and informally speak with one of your Tukwila City Councilmembers about anything on your mind regarding your community.

On April 9 the weather at Tukwila’s Community Center was perfect for tree planting as Mayor Haggerton read a proclamation observing Arbor Day in Tukwila. After the short ceremony, City staff – along with Spring Day Camp attendees – planted trees near the river, and discussed the importance of trees in protecting our environment.

April is Safe Digging Month! Tukwila’s Fire Department reminds all residents and businesses to avoid injury, expense, embarrassment – and a very inconvenient day in the dark. Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence? WAIT! Always call 811 before starting any digging project! Learn more about getting underground utilities marked by calling 811 or 1-800-424-5555, or visit these websites: www.Call811.com

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Keep this number handy On April 10, for a few morning hours 911 service experienced an outage in Washington State. 911 is currently working, and should always be your first call in an emergency. If you can’t reach 911 and you have an emergency, call 253-852-2121.

Tukwila hears directly from citizens at recent Community Conversation get-togethers As part of the community outreach to gather information for the update of our Comprehensive Plan, the City of Tukwila held two Community Conversations (on March 6 and 8) with a combined attendance of approximately 180 community members, a City record. Eight language groups were represented, and interpreters were provided to support small group conversations. Attendees heard the results of 260 surveys completed by residents and offered additional data about community priorities, neighborhood quality, and ways to promote healthy living. Opinions shared at the events and on the survey expressed a need for more high quality affordable

housing, a new large grocery store near Tukwila International Boulevard, improved public safety, and accessible Parks and Recreation facilities and programs. City staff is compiling the information, which will be helpful not only for the Comprehensive Plan update but also with prioritization of 2015/2016 budget options. These efforts were partially funded by an EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant, and supported by our partners Forterra, Global to Local, Futurewise and One America.

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Guardian angels: keeping kids safe

On the cover Ann Lemus, with niece Treanna, stands at the entrance to the bus as students load. The driver is Sam McIlwain, who has been taking kids to school for about 2 1/2 years. The students call him “Mr. Mac.” Ann Lemus wades through a crowd of Cascade View Elementary School students after rounding up stragglers who were headed for the bus stop at the La Rochelle apartments. BELOW: Lemus is at the bus stop for about 10 to 15 minutes but everyone on the bus is all smiles and ready for the trip to school. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

plex on South 144th Street. The And then there’s the swimming stop serves three apartment com- hole. plexes and typically there are about Lemus points to a fence that sur60 kids waiting to get on the bus to rounds a vacant site right next to Cascade View Elementary School. the bus stop. It didn’t exist a couple Lemus is regularly joined by her months ago, or at least part of it step-daughter, Marie Lemus, who needed repair. In any case, the fence didn’t keep for three years have devoted mornkids waiting at the ings and afternoons bus to go for a swim at the bus stop. The stop is within in what Lemus describes as a lake. walking distance Mind you, it was of Cascade View, winter. but because of the “They were swimdangers of crossing Ann Lemus, ming in their clothes South 144th Street bus-stop volunteer and then they got at or just west of back in line and Tukwila Internawent to school like tional Boulevard, the students ride the bus. Directly that,” said Lemus of the little kinacross 144th is the Samara apart- dergarteners. So Lemus called “Miss Kari” – ments, but those children walk because they don’t have to cross a Kari Young, the Cascade View secretary – who talked with Principal busy street. Besides La Rochelle the students Jeff Baker, who called Superintenat the bus stop live at the Colonial dent Nancy Coogan, who called apartments and the Riverton View the City of Tukwila. apartments, which Lemus has Lemus was on the phone to the managed for 13 years. district, too. “She was mad and so Some of Lemus’ stories are har- was I,” said Young said of Lemus. rowing, including cars with impaKari’s husband Ron, who works tient drivers that try to run over the in maintenance for the Tukwila kids. “We have to stand in front of [ more ANGELS page 11 ] the cars to stop them,” she said.

“The kids deserve to be safe out here.”

Ann and Marie Lemus stepped up when the huge crowd of grade schoolers at a bus stop on South 144th Street became a safety hazard for kids, buses BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

It’s a thankless job that deserves a thanks, keeping watch over dozens of kids at a school bus stop, and, in Ann Lemus’ case, keeping them out of a muddy swimming hole. Ann’s motivation is simple. “I do it because I’ve have been

part of this school district for 18 years and the kids deserve to be safe out here,” said Lemus, whose daughter Michelle and son Matias Soldonia IV attended Tukwila schools. Her husband’s name is Miguel. She talks in between rounding up grade-schoolers at the bus stop at the La Rochelle apartment com-


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Bus-stop safety is parental job BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

Hundreds of students ride a school bus every day, along one of the Tukwila School District’s 13 bus routes. Sometimes there are parents or other adults at a bus stop to keep on eye on behavior – and sometimes there are not. For sure, the school district’s responsibility for the safety of Tukwila’s students doesn’t begin until they step into a school bus, according to Kathy Breault, the district’s BUS -STOP RULES transportation supervisor. The Tukwila School Another way to say that District has information is that parents are respononline about rules for sible for the safety of their student behavior at a children on the way to bus stop and while on school and while they are the bus, all designed for waiting at a bus stop. their safety. “The parents control the http://tinyurl.com/lqv92t6 bus stops,” said Breault. But the district provides guidance on bus stop and bus behavior in a student handbook and online, taking its lead from state law. Chapter 392-145 of the Washington Administrative Code lays out regulations for operating school buses and riding in them. Under the district’s bus-stop rules, students are expected to exhibit classroom behavior, which means no shoving or other disruptive behavior. They should load and unload in an orderly manner. “Without parents, they can be a little mischievous,” said Breault of student behavior at a bus stop. “We don’t want them running around.” If there is a problem at a bus stop, Breault or a driver trainer will monitor the situation. Breault says that Ann and Marie Lemus are “going a great job” at the La Rochelle bus stop. “If there is a problem they need our help with, they call us but mostly they act independently,” she said.

Ann Lemus and Cascade View Elementary School students hear the bus coming as they wait on South 144th Street at the La Rochelle apartments. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

Orderliness speeds up loading, gets waiting vehicles on way [ANGELS from page 10] School District, watched the swimming hole for the afternoon. The next day, he and a city worker repaired the fence, Kari Young said. Lemus’s two children attended Cascade View, where she was a volunteer for field trips and was a regular visitor to the classroom. Michelle graduated last November and will walk at commencement in June. Matias graduated in 2010. Lemus’s niece Treanna is a thirdgrader at Cascade View and waits at the bus stop with her. Three years ago, it was quickly apparent to Lemus that the crowded bus stop at La Rochelle needed some order. South 144th is busy and conflicts occurred between students. And there was a single line of

students that stretched through the parking lot toward the apartment building. Lemus assessed the situation – and then bought some white spray paint. She painted grade numbers on the ground in white paint, including K for kindergarten and E for ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program). “They do a lineup system at the school, so I do a lineup system here,” said Lemus. “The younger kids have to get on the bus first, because they have to get off the bus first at the school.” Such orderliness lessens the time the bus holds up traffic while students board, Young said. “The amount of time is cut by half, by having those two darlings over-

see the kids,” said Kathy Breault, the Tukwila School District’s transportation supervisor. “The impact on traffic is phenomenal,” she said. Lemus is expecting to stand guard at the bus stop for another five years; granddaughter Alondra will start school next year at Cascade View. “They deserve to be safe,” Lemus said of the students at the bus stop. “They deserve to get on the bus and go to school and not have to worry about being run over or swimming in a lot that they don’t block correctly.” The volunteer service provided by Ann and Marie Lemus is unique in the school district, Breault said. “They are our guardian angels,” she said.

Homicide charge in crash BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

A 62-year-old Burien man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death April 1 of a 40-year-old motorcyclist from Tukwila. Arraignment for Anthony Nathan Rudison is Thursday (April 17) at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Rudison also was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, for injuries suffered by two men in the accident, according to prosecutors. The King County Medical Examiner’s Officer identified the victim as Lee A. Cornett. The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. in the 400 block of Southwest 156th Street. A second motorcyclist traveling behind the Cornett’s motorcycle suffered minor injuries from attempting to avoid the first collision, according to the Sheriff ’s Office. Cornett died at the scene and Rudison suffered minor injuries. Investigators be-

lieve alcohol was a factor in the accident; after treatment at Highline Hospital, Rudison was booked for investigation of vehicular homicide. According to prosecutors, Rudison and his nephew had been drinking beer at a house. They left, with Rudison driving. Neighbors heard screeching tires as Rudison sped up a hill at twice the 25 mph speed limit, according to prosecutors. Cornett’s motorcycle and Rudison’s vehicle collided at the top of the hill; Cornett suffered catastrophic injuries. His friend riding behind him crested the hill and his motorcycle went down in the crash debris, according to prosecutors. Rudison has repeated driving under the influence convictions, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors requested bail of $250,000. Detectives from the King County Sheriff ’s Office Major Accident Response and Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and conducted the investigation.

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High expectations for Foster baseball team BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

The Foster High School baseball team has set high expectations for this year’s season, says Coach Eric Hall. As of Thursday, the team’s Seamount League record was 3-3, which included a 9-6 win over Hazen on April 2. “We were able to manage a win against Hazen, a program that usually beats up on us pretty badly,” said the third-year coach. The team’s expectations have grown year by year, Hall said, and “in the three years that I have been here, this is the year we have the highest expectations.” This year’s team is led by “a solid group of seniors,” including team captains Connor Forsyth and Yoshio Sanchez, both four-year varsity starters, Hall said, and “key members” of our pitching staff. Sophomore David Em is “producing well offensively,” Hall said, including in a 30-4 victory over Renton High School April 4. Junior Patrick Straight, who also plays football and basketball, “has been playing a great centerfield,” he said. “Our program is moving in the right direction and we are excited to see what happens in the remainder of the season,” Hall said. Foster plays Lindbergh at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 16) at Showalter Middle School and then league-leading Kennedy Catholic at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Kennedy.

Senior Connor Forsyth, co-captain of the Foster baseball team, leans back from an inside pitch during the game against the Renton Indians April 4 that the Bulldogs won 30-4. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

Foster soccer marching through season BY DEAN A. RADFORD DRADFORD@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

Foster’s No. 10 Mamadou Leigh, battles for the ball with Hazen’s Gino Malgarini during Foster’s 3-1 win over the Highlanders on April 4. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter.

The Foster boys soccer team defeated the last year’s Seamount champions, the Hazen Highlanders, 3-1 on April 4 in one of its “best games” this season. “This is one of the best games we’ve played so far,” said Coach Nasir Tura. “And I think if we keep playing the way we played today, that it will take us all the way to the state final.” Going into spring break last week, the Bulldogs kept up the pace, beating Renton 5-2 on April 7 and Highline 6-0. Foster plays Lindbergh at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 18) at Renton Memorial Stadium in Renton. Through last Friday, the Foster was 4-1-1 in league play. League-leader is Kennedy Catholic, 5-0, with one tie. Tura is already looking to the future; two freshmen scored in the April 4 matchup against Hazen. Freshman Jalal Haji (No. 9) kicked off the scoring in the first half; Haji has scored in all four Foster games to so far this season. Haji played defense for about Tura

moved Haji to defense to help defend against the Hazen. “He was doing a great job the last 15 minutes,” Tura said. Another freshman forward, Desire Katamaya, (No. 2) caught Hazen’s goalkeeper off guard, scored Foster’s second goal scored Foster’s second goal, outrunning Hazen defender. The final score was made by senior Mamadou Leigh (No. 10). “He’s a playmaker for us,” Tura said. After the score, he was swamped by teammates. After the game, Hazen Coach Ken Matthews walked over to the Foster boys and gave them a thumbs up. Tura said Matthews was impressed with the team’s development from last year. Success is coming by controlling the middle, Tura said, and keeping the ball on the ground. “Our technique is to put the ball on the ground, move it around and let the ball do the job,” he said. Dean A. Radford can be reached at 425-255-3484, ext. 5150.


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mously to buy the two motels, following a closed executive session to discuss the purchases. Before the council’s vote, council member Dennis Robertson said the sale follows a plan established more than a year ago to fight crime on Tukwila International Boulevard. “This is a major step forward,” he said. He pointed out the purchase cost is lower than what the city expected to pay without the seizures. The three motels were seized in August by the federal government, following a search by hundreds of law-enforcement personnel. The motels had been under investigation for about a year by the Tukwila Police Department and other agencies because of criminal activity, including prostitution, drug deals and assaults. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the motels’ owners and one manager, who will face jail or prison time, plus forfeiture of assets. Part of the purchase negotiations

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The Tukwila City Council has now authorized Mayor Jim Haggerton to buy all three motels on Tukwila International Boulevard seized last summer in a massive raid. The council on March 17 authorized Haggerton to spend $1.58 million for the Great Bear Motor Inn and about $1.1 million for the Boulevard Motel. Council members had set a purchase price of $900,000 for the third motel, the Travelers Choice, in January. The money to buy the motels will come from the city’s General Fund and may require financing, such as bonds, according to Derek Speck, Tukwila’s economic development director. The city is also considering the purchase of the Spruce Motel and Sam Smoke Shop, Speck said. The City Council voted unani-

The Tukwila School District is registering for next school year’s kindergarten classes. To enroll in kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old or older on or before Aug. 31. The registration is 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Showalter Middle School, 4628 S. 144th St., Tukwila.

Wildlife festival is May 10

A vision for schools The Tukwila School District is holding a second community meeting on its strategic plan, led by Superintendent Nancy Coogan. The meeting is 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at Tukwila Elementary, 5939 S. 149th St. Burmese and Somali interpreters will be available.

Beauty in the Beads The free Beauty in the Bead Show will bring thousands of strands of jewelry to the DoubleTree Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, April 18-April 20.

The 14th annual Backyard Wildlife Festival at the Tukwila Community Center is Saturday, May 10. It’s a free, all-day event to educate and inspire people to welcome wildlife – such as birds and butterflies – into their backyards, gardens and communities. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. The event features presentations from local experts, including Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Binetti, along with a variety of educational exhibitors, arts and craft vendors and native plant sales. There is a Kids Garden Party area. A popular highlight of the festival is a guided bird tour which meanders along the Duwamish River.

Parents Night Out Here’s a chance for parents to act like adults and let the Tukwila Community Center entertain the kids. Parents Night Out is May 2 and June 6, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S. Cost for residents is $15. Kids get games, pizza and activities.

Cellphone lot opens at Sea-Tac A new larger cellphone waiting lot opened Tuesday, April 1, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new lot will be located directly cross from the South 170th Street exit of the Airport Expressway. The new cellphone lot will have 200 parking spaces, 70 more than the old lot on Air Cargo Road. The initial opening will include 60 spaces until the remaining spaces open the following week after the completion of paving. In addition, the new lot will soon provide free WiFi to visitors, scheduled to be completed in May. A new project on the site of the old cellphone lot is the reason for the move. The Port of Seattle is investing over $35 million to build overnight parking spaces for aircraft.

Here’s a tentative schedule: • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Arts and Crafts Marketplace, Educational • Exhibitor Booths and Native Plant Sales • 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Kids Garden Party • 9:30 a.m. – Guided Bird Tour along the Duwamish River • 10:30 a.m. – Outdoor Stage: Marianne Binetti • 11:30 a.m. – Outdoor Stage: Jessica Bloom • Noon – Outdoor Stage: Marianne Binetti • 1:30 p.m. – Outdoor Stage: Ciscoe Morris ALL KINDS OF

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includes liens held on the motels. The city is expecting to take ownership of the three properties this summer, if not sooner, Speck said. The city is making plans to redevelop the properties, which likely includes demolition of the motels. Speck indicated he plans to ask the City Council this summer to approve the criteria and process for selecting a developer, which would happen by year’s end. The city will sell the land to the developer. “I doubt we will find a developer who will pay enough to recover the entire purchase cost, since we are buying and closing businesses, not just buying vacant land,” he said. By comparison, the city currently owns the land for Tukwila Village but has an agreement to sell it to the developer when construction begins, he said. Dean A. Radford can be reached at 425-255-3484, ext. 5150.

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“The Stories of Arrival” by Foster High School students will air each weekday at 6:55 p.m. throughout April (National Poetry Month) on KBCS radio 91.3 FM. To purchase an anthology contact district communications director Sara Niegowski, niegowskis@tukwila. wednet.edu or 206-901-8036. The suggested donation is $25.

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Strategic plan community meeting: April 17 Your voice is critical Hundreds of community stakeholders—parents, students, educators, business owners, and civic leaders— have been working since fall to form a strategic plan that will shape the future of Tukwila schools. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! There will be a community meeting Thursday, April 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Tukwila Elementary, 5939 S. 149th St. Superintendent Nancy Coogan will lead a discussion about your goals and dreams for local students, and she will use your input to make sure the strategic plan

reflects your priorities. If you cannot attend, we will post the documents from the meetings and provide an online opportunity for feedback in late April at www.tukwila.wednet.edu. Superintendent Coogan also welcomes the opportunity to come to you. She will meet with you and your community group wherever and whenever is most convenient and comfortable, whether in a faith-based, civic, or home environment. Call 206-9018006 to schedule. She wants to make sure your voice is heard!

Forget “The Cat in the Hat”—it’s all about the kids in the hats at Cascade View Elementary during March! First-grade teacher Pat DePrez annually honors the Dr. Seuss Reading Month by hand sewing red-and-white striped hats not only for her class but for ALL kindergarteners and first-graders. That’s more than 300 hats!  Ms. DePrez’ classroom itself becomes a veritable Seussville. Along with Dr. Seuss decorations, the students take part in writing and science lessons such as predicting whether they will like green eggs and ham (and then testing that hypothesis). Of course, reading takes center stage during the festivities because, as Dr. Seuss himself once said: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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Kindergarten registration coming April 25 and 26 If you live in the Tukwila School District and your child will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, please plan on attending one of the upcoming kindergarten registration events: • 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Showalter Middle School (4628 S. 144th St.) • Or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Showalter Middle School You must bring: Your child (for a short assessment with a kindergarten teacher), proof of residency (such as an apartment lease, mortgage statement, or electricity, water, or sewer bill), your child’s birth certificate, your child’s immunization records, and a picture of the parent or guardian (such as a driver’s license). Interpreters will be available in Spanish, Somali, and Nepali both days. Interpreters will be available in Burmese and Vietnamese on April 26. Questions? Call Kathleen Gantz, Program Coordinator for Family Support, 206-901-8044.

In early April, Officer Rusness (pictured) and other representatives of the Tukwila Police Department met with Foster High School civics students in a forum to promote mutual understanding. Students discussed how police authority often seems intimidating, and the officers shared information about how they do their work in the community. Both sides agreed that an open dialogue and ongoing relationships—such as that provided by School Resource Officer Lisa Harrison—are important. The forum was inspired by a seminar between the same students and city council members in the fall, during which the teens mentioned concerns about police interactions.

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Congratulations to Cascade View reading champions! Cascade View Elementary students proved their literary prowess in March by winning the 2014 West Region championship in King County Library’s Global Reading Challenge. Teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from local schools square off in this annual Jeopardy-style contest to answer questions about 10 selected books. The Cascade View team—the Over Power Readers—won at the districtand regional- level to move on to the county finals, where it earned the runner-up title. Starting in November, team members met once a week with coach Megan Brusnighan. Leading up to the

finals, they “began meeting every day during lunch to discuss information about the books,” Brusnighan said.  “We also held classroom challenges in which the entire class got involved to prepare the team members.”  The championship Cascade View team included students:

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Brian Nguyen (Captain) Nigara Akhmedova  Jayden Baker Mai Hnein Hung Anwar Kamal Tommy Nguyen Nang Sian Khual

Tune in to local radio station to hear students’ “Stories of Arrival” Each weekday in April at 6:55 p.m. on KBSC 91.3 FM Earlier this school year, Foster High School’s immigrant students worked with a professional poet to write about their experiences coming to the United States. For many, this included leaving behind family, enduring refugee camps, and seeing lifeand-death violence. For all, the journey has forced them to negotiate a new meaning of home, both physically and emotionally. The students went to Jack Straw Studios in Seattle to record their poems in their own voice with assistance from vocal coaches. In honor Foster High student Boe Meh (right) recorded her Story of Arrival at Jack of National Poetry Month, local radio station KBSC 91.3 FM Straw Productions studio in February with help from professional vocal air one of these poems every coach Christine Marie Brown. weekday in April at 6:55 p.m. Tune in to hear these incredibly powerful stories and get a much deeper sense of the struggles and joys that make up our immigrant students’ daily reality. To purchase a bound anthology of the poems, along with a CD of the audio recordings, contact district communications director Sara Niegowski, niegowskis@tukwila.wednet.edu or 206-9018036. The suggested donation is $25, and the proceeds go to a scholarship fund for the students.

A poetry excerpt from the anthology:

A Thousand Times By Cing Zam Lun A thousand times! It’s still not enough when I say it a thousand times. I miss my country, I miss my country. I used to say “get out of my mind,” The sorrow that was inside of me. But I realize that The sorrow will never go away Because of what I have been through in my life, The soldiers killing people With no reason. The blood, the blood falling Like winter rain, The children hungry, Crying for food. I used to say, “It’s just a sorrow dream, What I saw or heard in Burma.” Now I wonder, is it a dream or real life? Because where I belong is here. Is it like a dream That I will never wake up from, That I am here in the United States, Where I feel that my life Has changed from being A homeless girl to a Queen, Where I close the door on my sorrow And open the door of my delightful life.

Facebook’s the place: Ask questions, see what’s happening in schools Connect with the Tukwila School District on a social level—you will get critical information/alerts plus access to the day-to-day happenings in schools. Here’s where to find us: www.facebook.com/tukwilaschools, www.twitter.com/tukwilaschools

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