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Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Joyce Mallinger

Joyce's encouragement of relative caregivers has been monumental. She always arrives with a smile, a calmness, and quiet reassurance. [she has ...] served 100's of grandparents and relative caregivers along the way.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Carrie Fannin

As a parent of a child with Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Carrie Fannin is a strong advocate for vulnerable children and a successful community mobilizer.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Chandra Reeves

Even after experiencing several tragedies within her family, Unsung Hero Chandra Reeves has shown resilience and a determination to keep her family strong and her culture an integral part of their lives.

Outgrown coats piling up? Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive ends Feb 7

Coats, boots, snow overalls - any outerwear that help keeps a child is needed. Donated items will benefit Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center serving Seattle and King County.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Teresa Garcia

The reason I am nominating Mrs. Garcia, is because she is an example for all parents in our school, community and in the state of Washington.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Yvette Dear

I first met Yvette when I was facilitating a Family Readiness Group meeting as president of the USS Pennsylvania Blue Family Readiness Group (FRG), when her husband had just transferred from a different boat (submarine) to the Penn. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a command-supported organization whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support during the Sailor's time in the command.

Strengthening Families Washington Unsung Hero: Shelly Willis

Some of the Unsung Hero honorees volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All, however, are outstanding caregivers doing heroic work on behalf of children.

The local faces of an international refugee crisis

Life in this country does come with many things that refugees lacked in their home countries, like accessible food, safe places to live and clean water, but it also comes with extraordinary struggle and the potential for backlash, shame and prejudice.

Parent Buzz: Parents and educators urge school district not to defund inclusive kindergarten program

Get outdoors on Black Friday with free entrance to two Washington national parks

REI is encouraging folks to #OptOutside instead of participating in Black Friday shopping – and Washington's National Parks Fund is following suit.

The Woodland Park Zoo's newest baby gorilla is thriving

The Woodland Park Zoo is helping their gorilla Nadiri's newborn baby adjust to life in the zoo.

Seattle City Council adopts a resolution to open up access to affordable housing

Bid adieu to Pike Place Market's gum wall before it's cleaned

The gum wall is getting scraped clean after twenty years of chewy additions.

Seattle Humane Society and the Sounders team up to find homes for pets in need of adoption

Check out cute animals up for adoption and support the Sounders.

Obama's joy at seeing White House trick-or-treaters captures his leaderly spirit

SPS will vote this week whether to maintain a partnership with the Alliance for Education

Will Seattle Public Schools continue a twenty-year relationship with the nonprofit?
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