How to Help Out Lowell School
Lowell Elementary School on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Seattle's Child Staff
Updated November 17th. After reading about the needs at Lowell School, a reader created this Amazon Smile List. It will be updated regularly to reflect their current needs. Order off the list and items will be delivered to Lowell.
A few weeks ago we reposted a piece by KUOW’s Ann Dornfield about Lowell Elementary on Capitol Hill - District Didn't Want Us to Visit This Struggling School. The school serves a large homeless student
population. Our readers responded by asking how they might help the school.
We came up with the following:
From Lowell PTA President Nick Hodges, who recently recovered from homelessness:
If you want to volunteer at the school, email firstname.lastname@example.org for
Special or unusual skills we’re looking for: any experience working with children, fund-
raising, event planning, communication/social media, volunteer coordination, and
translation (there are many languages spoken at Lowell, including Chinese, Spanish,
Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese).
Current volunteer needs:
• Lunch/recess monitors, between 11 am and 1 pm
• Office help, between 11 am and 2 pm
• Bus monitors
• Classroom help/monitors (primarily during the school day, 8:55–3:25, but there might
also be some opportunities for helping teachers outside those hours)
• Reading tutors/helpers for two reading programs: Team Read and Global Reading
• General PTA help — there are always odd jobs, helping clean classrooms, getting fliers
made and distributed, helping with events, etc.
Cick “Donate" on our Facebook
If you have a business, we are often looking for in-kind donations and
gifts/partnerships for fund-raising. (And we always try to spread the word about
businesses helping us!)
Demand that our state elected officials fully fund education. Push the
district for rules that encourage a more equitable sharing of resources.
And anyone can join the Lowell PTA to keep up with our kids’ needs! Go
to lowellelementary.org, you don’t have to have a child attending the school.
Contribute School Supplies
Lowell Teacher Wish List provided by Kim Schmanke, spokeswoman for Seattle Public Schools:
Sharpies, all colors
White board markers
White board erasers
Vis-à- vis markers
Batteries, AA and AAA
12’ extension cords
Electric pencil sharpeners
Gift cards: Target, Amazon, Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer
Copy paper, white and colors
Sandwich-size ziplock bags
Sticky back name tags
Double-sided foam tape
In addition, a Lowell parent recently put this call out on the neighborhood email: “Are there any
CPAs in our extended Lowell family or community who would consider a pro bono
project for the Lowell PTA, even just one time? Specifically, we’re looking someone
who can file our 990-EZ. It should be a fairly simple return — and it would free up
almost a thousand dollars for other important needs at Lowell (like student scholarships
to Islandwood, supplies for teachers, food for the Lowell Food Pantry, etc.). Please
email email@example.com if you can help!!”