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Earth Day Clean up at Highland Park Elementary

This Saturday, April 25th, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Meet behind the school on the blacktop- Coffee and Treats will be provided. Please contact for additional information.

Spring Clean Event at HPIC

Green Spring Clean this coming Sunday. April 26th at HPIC. Bring your garden gloves, tools and rain slicker. We start at 9am in the courtyard, 12th and Holden.

  • Weeding and weed eating
  • Mulching garden beds
  • Mystery Tree removal and donation to an interested member
There will be some refreshments for everyone that volunteers. Hope to see you there!

April HPAC Agenda

We will be having a guest speaker talking about Priority Hire joining us for Wednesday’s HPAC meeting: The City of Seattle recently passed a Priority Hire ordinance which will improve access to construction employment and improve training programs for workers in need of family-wage jobs. The ordinance prioritizes the hiring of residents that live in economically distressed areas in Seattle and King County on city funded construction projects- and 98106 qualifies. See this website for more information on Priority Hire.

Chas Redmond will also be joining us to speak about his candidacy for District 1 City Council Representative. 
6:30 Potluck, 7:00 Meeting at Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden- TONIGHT- April 22! 

HPAC Meeting March Agenda

On Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm, Dongho Chang from SDOT will be presenting at our HPAC meeting on the topic of Vision Zero and pedestrian safety in our neighborhood.  Some information about Vision Zero:

Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in the country. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a 30 percent decline in traffic fatalities, even as our population grows. Despite this fact, traffic collisions are a leading cause of death for Seattle residents age 5-24. Older adults are also disproportionately affected, and as our population ages, this trend could grow. In 2013, there were 10,310 police-reported collisions in Seattle. 155 people were seriously injured and 23 were killed. Vision Zero is Seattle’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030

District 1 Candidate Lisa Herbold will also be there to address our Community and answer questions. Here is our experience with Lisa:

Lisa has years of solid experience addressing the needs of the City as a whole and would be able to lead on Day 1. She has also been helpful to us locally. Lisa was an indispensable voice in helping us navigate a complicated situation when Nickelsville was next to our neighborhood. Consistently available to respond to our many questions, she was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in explaining existing and proposed policy and history. Helping to bring the concerns of our community directly to the table in City Hall, she proved to be full of compassion, an effective problem solver, eloquent, well versed in legislation, a good listener, and was able to see all sides of the situation.

Potluck at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 at the Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden

Request for LEAD sent to Mayor Murray

In light of our last meeting, we sent a request to Mayor Murray for the LEAD program for our neighborhood and the entire Delridge District. If you missed it, here is more information about the LEAD program, and a piece in Huffington Post from last year. A copy of the request is below, it was copied to the City Council, the City Attorney’s Office, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Police Chief:

Dear Mayor Murray,

We are the co-chairs of the community group in Southwest Seattle called Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC).  Kris Nyrop recently came to speak with our community about the pre-booking diversion program known as LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion). We were astounded at the data he shared with us, and see this program as a viable alternative with positive results for our neighborhood.  Where the obvious benefits are in cost and resource effectiveness, we also see the LEAD Model as a compassionate response to intervene when someone is in need of positive life changes. We read in a 2009 assessment of Seattle’s pilot projects that “participants reported an increase in the… critical areas of personal dignity, a restored connection with family, and a commitment to self-improvement.” We see this effect as the most significant, unquantifiable result of the program, and the reason it has a positive impact on a community.

We would like to request the LEAD program for our area.  We understand that LEAD has been successful in highly urban areas like Bell Town, and that White Center is going to be “on-line” soon with LEAD.  Given our proximity to White Center and the fact that crime spills back and forth across our fluid boundaries, it makes sense to carry the program over the County Line and throughout the Delridge District. We are writing with the support of the Delridge District Council and community groups in our District, and would like a response to our request with steps on how to proceed with acquiring LEAD for our neighborhood.

Thank you,

Carolyn and Billy Stauffer, Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC)

With the support of the following community leaders:

Mat McBride, Delridge Neighborhood District Council (DNDC)

Amanda Kay Helmick, Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights (WWRHAH)

Pete Spalding, Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council

Volunteer to be a Reading Tutor at Sanislo Elementary!

Reading Partners is a literacy non-profit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling elementary student readers.

No experience is required to volunteer! We seek volunteers who can commit 1 hour/week for a semester. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum that includes all of the books, worksheets, and step-by-step lesson plans to teach an effective lesson. Reading Partners also has a staff Site Coordinator who is available to support tutors at all times. Volunteers make an enormous impact: on average, students double their rate of learning while enrolled in the program.

Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners’ work in the community:

Reading Partners runs programming Monday-Thursday at Sanislo Elementary, with available session times running from 9:25AM – 3:40PM.

Final Meeting for Highland Park Playground on Tuesday, March 3rd. 

Please join us for the final public meeting for the Highland Park Play Area project. The meeting will be held at the Highland Park Elementary School from 6:30-7:45, and the design team will be showing the design generated from public input on the schematic designs shown at the last meeting.

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