September 25, 2016: Run of Hope

Tilden’s current and alumni families, and current and former staff demonstrated the true meaning of community when we all pulled together to join Avery Berg, beloved 2016 Tilden grad, at the Run of Hope at Seward Park! Our collective purpose was to support Avery and raise money for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where Avery is currently being treated for her brain tumor. By the way, with donors near, far, and between, Team Awesome Avery raised $144,893 for research!

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May 26, 2016: Service Learning Project

Prompted by a parent complaint that not all parents were attending to their children in the Tilden parking lot, the fifth-graders launched a study to determine if unaccompanied children was an issue, and if so, how prevalent. Turns out it’s quite common, despite all Tilden parents having read and signed the following:

I will make sure that ALL the children in my care (even if I am escorting a large carpool)

STAY WITH ME at all times in the parking lot.

Concerned for the safety of fellow students, the fifth-graders decided the solution to this problem was to launch a safety campaign to raise awareness and accountability in Tilden parents. Thus, they formed groups: one to film a video (link below), one to write an email (sent to all Tilden families), one to create posters (posted on campus), and one to write a flyer (sent home with each student). Parents, we sincerely hope you grasp the importance of paying attention to (no cellphones) and staying with (no more than an arm’s length away) your charges in the parking lot.

May 22, 2016: Volunteer Cleanup at Dakota Place Park

Many hands make light work, as several Tilden families demonstrated at the spring cleanup at Dakota Place Park. Thanks to all who came out to contribute their time, effort, and positivity! You made the park beautiful for the whole community to enjoy!

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May 17, 2016: Service Learning Project

After conducting a survey of Dakota Place Park, the fifth-graders determined the park definitely needed attention. Despite the efforts of the Seattle Parks Department and the volunteer group Friends of Dakota Place Park, the fifth-graders found invasive species, weeds, and litter. Then they created an action plan to effectively help care for the park. Today, 5/17/16, was their first day as stewards of the park, removing weeds and trash. Dakota Place Park looks better already! Way to go, 5’s!

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April 25-29, 2016: Diaper Drive for Westside Baby

THANK YOU to parent Mark Thomas for initiating, organizing, and implementing a diaper drive benefiting Westside Baby! The numbers are in: 2,626 diapers and $540! Thank you to the entire Tilden community for all your donations!

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April 22, 2016: Earth Day

Think globally; act locally. On Earth Day that’s exactly what Tilden’s students and staff did. Picking up trash throughout our school’s surrounding West Seattle neighborhood, we “made Mother Earth happy,” as one student put it. 🙂

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March 2016: Funding for New Computers

An absolutely HUGE THANK-YOU to our fifth-grade families for their generous gift to our school: funds for new laptops! Upon the arrival of these new computers, the students have put them to good, academic use daily. In addition to purchasing new laptops, the fifth-grade families’ funds have also paid for a much needed update to our operating system. Yay!

October 11th, 2015: Fall Cleanup at Dakota Place Park

A huge THANK YOU to the Tilden families and West Seattle neighbors who volunteered to rake leaves, pull weeds, remove invasive species, prune trees and shrubs, thin overgrowth, sweep walkways and curbsides, and pick up trash at Dakota Place Park for the annual fall cleanup! You worked hard, and it shows! 🙂

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April 26th, 2015: Spring Cleanup at Dakota Place Park

IMG_0723MIMG_0724any volunteers, including several Tilden families, joined efforts to remove invasive species, weeds, and trash from Dakota Place Park in West Seattle. This park is very dear to the Tilden community, as former Tilden families worked to establish it in 2009.  Thank you to the volunteers who so generously gave their time and energy to improve the park for all!

March 16th, 2015: Student-Led Service Learning Projects

P1090230Compassion for those less fortunate has motivated three fifth-grade students to organize their own service learning projects. Upon learning that several communities in Kenya have no soccer equipment for their youth, Regan kicked off (pun intended) a soccer equipment drive, successfully collecting loads of equipment from the Tilden community. Last week she learned that the donations had arrived in Kenya and the kids there are thrilled! Similarly, Ella witnessed homeless families freezing on the streets of Seattle, prompting her to ask what can I do to help? Her answer: a warm clothing and blanket drive. Again the Tilden community stepped up, donating plenty of coats, gloves, hats, blankets, and more. Recently Ella and her parents passed out the donations to some of Seattle’s homeless population, and Ella reported that folks were deeply appreciative. Finally, Siobhan is preparing for a book drive she is organizing for students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, a Seattle school with the highest homeless student population. Her goal is to collect 300 books for grades K-6, so each student at Bailey Gatzert can take a book home. No doubt Tilden’s families and faculty will meet or exceed the challenge. Siobhan plans to deliver the donations to Bailey Gatzert a week prior to spring break. Thank you, Regan, Ella, and Siobhan, for easing the struggles of others.