Garfield Students’ Photography Exhibit Opening 10/13

garfieldStudents from Garfield High School’s advanced photography class have selected their best work to be displayed at the Central District location of Broadcast Coffee in October and November, and will be holding a show opening on Monday, October 13. The whole community is invited to attend the event, which will run from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it on the 13th, stop by for a coffee anytime during October or November to check out the exhibit! Broadcast Coffee is located at 1918 E Yesler Way.

Mark Your Calendar: PreSchool For All Event April 3rd

Are you curious about Seattle’s Office For Education’s initiative to provide preschool for all 3-4 year olds in the city limits? We are too! Back in September the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “Preschool for All” resolution designed to provide affordable, high quality care for all 3-4 year old children in Seattle, and they’re providing events open to the general public  around the city for those interested in learning more about the initiative. Events happening in the next few weeks are listed in the bulletin below, including the Central Seattle meeting which will be held on April 3rd from 6-8pm at Garfield Community Center.  As an added bonus, dinner will be provided to attendees and childcare will also be available during this time for all children ages 2-8. If you will be needing childcare services, you’re asked to RSVP with the number of children and their respective ages to upk@seattle.gov. Hope to see you there!

Preschool for all

Hazing of Garfield High School Students Being Investigated

garfieldAround 100 students gathered at the arboretum last Friday afternoon. Some students were being paddled, were wearing diapers, had eggs thrown at them as well as had shoe polish all over their bodies.  After the school’s resource police and principal, Ted Howard, broke up the gathering, some students began shouting profanities and called Howard a racial slur. There was at least one accident caused by students running in front of cars as they fled. Police are having difficulty investigating as students are being peer pressured into not giving any information. Hazing has become a tradition between seniors and juniors. Each year the school works hard attempting to prevent hazing. An email was sent to parents telling them of the incident and urging them to speak with their kids about hazing and why not to do it.

UPDATE:  Six students have been identified from the incident.

Garfield Homecoming Football Game This Friday

Garfield High SchoolGarfield’s Homecoming Football Game is this Friday, September 30th starting at 5 PM with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night.  The game was originally scheduled to start Friday at 7 PM, but the time has been changed.  The Bulldogs will be taking on Roosevelt Roughriders.  If you have not been to a high school football recently, this is a great chance to root on Madrona’s closest public high school at Memorial Stadium.

Central Area Assault Leads to Death

Seattle PolicemanI hate to do two negative blogs in a row, especially when neither incident took place in Madrona, but there was an assault in the Central District that lead to a man’s death on Thursday morning.  The previous link has more details, but the assault happened a block east of Garfield High School.  The Seattle Police believe the victim knew his attacker and that there was no connection to the school.

UPDATE:  The man who was found dead has been identified as Shaun Harris.  According to the Seattle Times article, Harris is a Level III sex offender (high risk to re-offend) and has an “extensive” criminal history.

Madrona American Idol

Molly SwensonA Seattle native, Molly Swenson grew up in the Central District and Madrona, went to Garfield High School, graduated from Harvard and landed in front of American Idol judges, trying out for the hit show’s 10th season this January.  Swenson, who currently has an unpaid internship with the White House, took some time off to pursue her longtime passion to tryout.  Molly was in multiple singing groups, a Seattle ensemble and the Garfield High School Jazz Choir, and joined an a capella group at Harvard.  Swenson made it through multiple rounds, but was cut last night after the Las Vegas Round.  This cut was that which would finalize the Top 24.  Making it past the first round is a feat, so congratulations to Molly Swenson on her success in the contest.