Monthly Archives: March 2011

What’s up at TOPS: Book fair, Taste of TOPS, auction in April

Several events are on tap at TOPS@Seward School in Eastlake this week and in April:

Book Fair: TOPS will have a book fair in partnership with Secret Garden Bookstore from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday (March 16) and 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 17). Last year, this event earned $1,000 worth of books for teachers, the TOPS library and the “A Book for Everyone Fund.”

Taste of TOPS: This all-school multicultural celebration and family potluck is 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday (March 17). Theme for this year is “deaf culture.” The event begins with a potluck in the cafeteria followed by live performances in the gym. There will be a raffle to benefit Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy, craft and activity tables, sign language lotto and movies and displays about deaf culture. The TOPS Coalition for Social Justice is the sponsor.

TOPS Auction: This annual event will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E. The theme is “Give Them Wings” and all purchases directly TOPS and support programs like tutoring, art, drama, the reading block, science materials and more.

The auction welcomes donations, sponsorships and purchases from the neighborhood. You can donate by going to the auction website. There is also an online auction each week between now and April 9. Join the auction at the same website.

Weekly Eastlake police reports: restaurant burglary; two vehicle thefts on E. Gwinn

This week’s Eastlake Seattle Police Reports include a restaurant burglary and two vehicle thefts:

  • March 7: Seattle Police officers responded to an audible alarm at 2 a.m. at a restaurant in the 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E. Officers found a window had been pried open to gain entry. The burglars broke into the office, opened several cupboards and drawers in the office, and moved a safe into an adjacent hallway. The safe wasn’t opened and it was unknown if anything was taken. 
  • March 8: Vehicle theft, truck, 800 block of E. Gwinn Pl., 6 a.m.
  • March 8: Missing person, 1900 block of Yale Ave. E., 7:11 p.m.
  • March 9: Auto theft, 800 block of E. Gwinn, 4:10 a.m.
  • March 9: Assault, non-aggressive, 1600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:05 p.m.
  • March 10: Trespass, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:06 a.m.
  • March 10: Fraud, check, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:01 a.m.
  • March 10: Disturbance, 2000 block of Minor E., 10:07 a.m.
  • March 10: Fraud, identity theft, 900 block of E. Allison, 2:12 p.m.
  • March 10: Assault, 1600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:01 p.m.
  • March 11: Theft, building, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9 a.m.

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Weekly police reports highlights for Eastlake: graffiti, identity theft, more

The highlights of this week’s Seattle Police Reports include a graffiti incident, two cases of identity theft and more:

  • Feb. 28: Car prowl, 3300 block of Fuhrman E., 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28: Intoxicated person, 2200 block of Eastlake E., 8:46 p.m.
  • Feb. 28: Auto theft, 2300 block of Franklin E., 9 p.m.
  • March 1: Disturbance, 2300 Minor E., 12:36 p.m.
  • March 1: DUI, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:42 p.m.
  • March 1: Motor vehicle accident, Eastlake E. and Harvard E., 3:45 p.m.
  • March 3: Fraud (identity theft), 2200 block Eastlake E., 5:34 p.m.
  • March 4: Property damage (graffiti), 2000 block Eastlake Ave. E., 2:15 a.m. — Staff at Serafina report that the restaurant building was tagged with graffiti sometime during the night.
  • March 4: Car prowl, 2000 block of Eastlake E., 9:10 p.m.
  • March 4: Fuel spill, 1500 block of Eastlake E., 10:29 p.m.
  • March 5: Fraud (identity theft), 2000 block of Franklin Ave. E., 3:11 p.m.
  • March 5: Assault, Eastlake E. and E. Allison, 11:06 p.m.
  • March 6: Noise disturbance, 3300 block Fuhrman E., 12: 26 a.m.

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TOPS@Seward students to speak at school board meeting

UPDATE: This post was changed since it was first published. A photo of TOPS students addressing the school board was added.

Eighth graders from TOPS@Seward School in Eastlake will be speaking to the Seattle School Board at the start of its meeting at 6 tonight (Wednesday, March 2).

The students will be talking about the school’s Planting the Seeds experience. Each February, eighth graders at the school spend three days and two nights working for social service agencies and churches that help the homeless and urban poor in Seattle. The program provides students with an opportunity to experience life as it is lived on the streets.

This will be the third year the program is offered at the school.

Students help out at social agencies in a variety of ways. According to an article in last year’s TOPS News, during a typical day students “scrubbed mats, made sack lunches, baked cookies, sliced tomatoes for salads, played games with homeless guests, sorted clothes, stacked and sorted food at food banks, talked to clients, and made paper chains that celebrated the 29,000 clients who had used the facilities at the Urban Rest Stop.”

Students spent the night at a sleeping venue, writing in their journals about the day’s experience. Helping the poor changed their perceptions, according to the TOPS News article:

In early December, the eighth graders were introduced to the Planting the Seeds project. One activity that they responded to was this: When you hear the word homeless, what is one word that comes to mind? Students responded with the following: filth, unlucky, drugs, hopeless, smell of urine, sad, too lazy to get a job. During the debriefing on the Friday after the experience, students were asked the same question. They responded with the following: determined, hopeful, normal, courageous, hungry, mistreated, human being. The experience changed their perception of the homeless and the urban poor.

The students are expected to speak first at the meeting. You can watch on Comcast channel 26 or on the school district’s website. If you’d like to read more of the TOPS News article, you can find it on the TOPS@Seward website.