January 7-11, 2019: Donation Drive for WestSide Baby

Many thanks to Mark Thomas, parent of Griffin (5th)! Once again he organized a drive to donate needed items to WestSide Baby; once again, Tilden families stepped up. Carseats, strollers, clothing, diapers, books, and more were donated and are now available for the more than 38,000 children served by WestSide Baby. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and especially to Mark for making it all happen!

To learn more about WestSide Baby, go to https://westsidebaby.org

November 15, 2018: Mary’s Place holiday gift drive

What can a tiny school with only 100 students do? We can be a force! In only five days our Tilden community removed all 100 giving tags from the Mary’s Place holiday gift drive display, plus there were additional cash and toy donations. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH, TILDEN FAMILIES! Your generosity will warm many hearts of homeless children, parents, and grandparents in Seattle this holiday season. ♥

A huge shout-out to fourth-grade parent Carol Baltaxe for once again being the liaison between Tilden and Mary’s Place! She coordinated with Mary’s Place, delivered the gift tags to Tilden, and hauled all your cash and item donations to Mary’s Place, and she did it all with a smile! 🙂

If you would like to learn more about Mary’s Place, go to https://www.marysplaceseattle.org.

October 21, 2018: Dakota Place Park Fall Cleanup

A huge shout-out to all the Tilden families and staff who volunteered their time and energy to beautify our local park! The Tilden community and neighborhood appreciate all your effort. Thank you!

2018 Food Drive

Recently, the Tilden 1st and 4th graders hosted a food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. As always, our Tilden families responded with enthusiasm and generosity, filling an SUV to overflowing with donated items.

November 28, 2017: Holiday Giving Tags for Mary’s Place

The Tilden community is sending love to local homeless families through holiday gift donations. By selecting gift tags to fulfill wishes for Mary’s Place families, we’re hoping to bring a little joy and peace this holiday season to local families who have left behind homes and traditions. The need is greater than ever, as the number of families being serviced by Mary’s Place has doubled in just one year. Thank you for donating!

UPDATE: Tilden families rock! Thanks to you, over 100 gifts were donated to Mary’s Place families in three days! THANK YOU!

October 1, 2017: Fall Clean-Up at Dakota Place Park

THANK YOU to the Tilden families (including a couple of alums!) who helped make the park so beautiful! You generously gave of your time, working to make Dakota Place Park a welcoming place for the entire West Seattle community, and you made yard work fun! 🙂

May 13 and June 4, 2017: Volunteer Cleanup at Dakota Place Park

Tilden families joined the school’s neighborhood residents to volunteer at Dakota Place Park for a morning of weeding, pruning, and removal of invasive species and trash. This park, situated across the street from Tilden, now looks more inviting for the whole community to enjoy. Thanks to all the folks who so generously gave their time and effort to care for this much-needed urban green space.

Earth Day 2017

Tilden continued its tradition of an all-school community cleanup to celebrate Earth Day. This event is always interesting (What will we find?), shocking (How can folks litter this way?), and gratifying (Yay, we helped the planet!). For details, read a few of the kids’ stories below. Happy Earth Day!

Fifth-graders Explore Stewardship 2017

The fifth-graders’ most recent research project started with their desire to effect positive change in this time of political turmoil. Expanding from their acts of stewardship at home and in their West Seattle community, the Fabulous 5’s (as their teacher calls them) explored numerous nonprofits, both local and global, that positively impact people, animals, and/or the environment. Guest speaker Terri Glaberson, a parent and Vice President of Programs with Girl Scouts of Western Washington, told the 5’s to find their passion, so that’s where they started. Parent and guest speaker Carl Hensman, Senior Program Officer for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at the Gates Foundation, discussed the importance of effective stewardship, either through one’s own actions or by entrusting an organization to wisely use one’s donation. Finally, Dave McCoy, parent and river conservationist, shared the multitude of ways one can advocate for worthy causes. Thus, the 5’s research led to each student selecting a nonprofit that demonstrated proven success and sound financials. Finally, each fifth-grader presented his/her research by giving a formal speech. Results? Loads of learning, from how fortunate we are, to the immediate needs of most of the world’s population, creatures, and ecosystems; from how powerless we can feel, to knowing we can make a real, global impact with a few mouse clicks; and from thinking “we’re just kids,” to realizing kids are powerful.