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A Day with King County Executive Dow Constantine: Two Sites Highlight Equitable Funding Models (Part 1)

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Last month, School’s Out Washington led a tour of two of our Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time grantees to showcase their exemplary programs. 

In Renton at the Highlands Neighborhood Center, kids were learning about how environmental pollutants enter our water systems (and enthusiastically spraying “rain” all over the model town), filling a room with giggles as they concocted shimmery slime using a recipe written in Spanish, and racing to construct machines out of items like pipe cleaners, tape, and pennies.

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BSK Grantees Shine in Annual Reports

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Best Starts for Kids OST, School's Out News

We’re officially at the half-way point of the inaugural Best Starts for Kids Out of School Time (BSK OST) initiative! This means that meaningful, in-depth storytelling is possible for the first whole year of our work. The cover alone of SOWA’s 2018 Annual Report is chock-full of BSK folks with youth from Techbridge Girls, Highlands Neighborhood Center in Renton, and the Birch Creek Youth Center in Kent.

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Drowning Prevention Talking Points

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Best Starts for Kids OST, School's Out News

For Law Enforcement, Fire Officials, and Water Safety Partners

We all have a part to play in water safety. Recent drowning events and weather have us on high alert!

Every year, we see preventable tragedy on the water. In King County, 17 people died in preventable drownings in 2017. Concern includes over 70% of all victims had alcohol, drugs or both as a factor compared to 50% in previous five years.
Public Health – Seattle & King County has created these updated talking points for you to use when communicating with the public and media about drowning prevention.

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BSK Grantee Spotlight: Iraqi Community Center of Washington

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Lensé Esheté is struck by the love that is the foundation of her organization. “We make our constituents feel like they have a home, where they can go and be understood.” For Iraqi Community Center of Washington (IRCCW), this is not a hyperbole. Serving immigrant and refugees from Iraq, IRCCW is an organization that was formed by community members in order to meet the needs of their peers and continues to be steered by immigrant and refugee participants.

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