[nfbwatlk] The Reader - Tomorrow's scholarship deadline

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Wed Jun 29 23:31:43 UTC 2011

From: Office of the Mayor <Office_of_the_Mayor at mail.vresp.com<mailto:Office_of_the_Mayor at mail.vresp.com>>
Date: June 29, 2011 4:16:14 PM PDT
Subject: The Reader - Tomorrow's scholarship deadline
Reply-To: Office of the Mayor <reply-9feecf5cf6-e15b5b7854-664c at u.cts.vresp.com<mailto:reply-9feecf5cf6-e15b5b7854-664c at u.cts.vresp.com>>

>From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
News, Updates, and Information


One day left to sign up for College Bound Scholarship!

Tomorrow, June 30, is the last day for students who just finished the 8th grade to enroll in the College Bound Scholarship. The state of Washington will pay for an in-state college education for students on free and reduced lunch who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and do not commit a felony. But you have to be signed up to qualify, and the deadline is tomorrow.

So far, only 80-85% of eligible Seattle students have signed up. That leaves hundreds of kids still in the dark about what might be their only chance to go to college.

Have you done everything you can to get the word out? Once the deadline passes, kids who just finished eighth grade won't get another shot at this opportunity.

Even if you don't have a child who qualifies, you probably know someone who does. Please share the above information and the following link as widely as possible. Students may apply for the College Bound Scholarship online at http://hecb.wa.gov/collegebound<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/9051791c23>


Helping children read throughout the summer

Literacy doesn't stop when the school year ends. Children who are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. Data shows that struggling readers who do not have summer reading support may lose all of their reading skills gained during the year. If they have access to and read at least six books appropriate to their level over the summer, they can maintain their skills. If they can choose their own books to take home, anything more than six books may help them increase their reading skills.

Through Seattle's Service Plan, we have been working in partnership with Solid Ground's Washington Reading Corps to help children achieve third grade reading levels with volunteer tutors in four "Cities of Service" schools in South Seattle. When we learned the school district was forced to cut summer school, we had to do something. We couldn't sit back and let the statistics become reality for these students who have worked so hard. Even in a struggling budget year, our office invested $10,000 to help seed a five-week Summer Reading Camp run by Solid Ground's Washington Reading Corps, available to 2nd and 3rd graders tutored by the WRC or referred by their teachers. Visit our blog<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/69e8c69808> to read more about this -- and to see the stories of community members who stepped up to make this happen.


Improving transit choices in Seattle

Last month, our Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and consultants Nelson\Nygaard released a map of 15 transit corridors<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/1aeebbdc02> in Seattle. These corridors, identified through the Transit Master Plan<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/17251f06d5> process, are the top 15 in Seattle that should be prioritized for improvements through 2030-either for high capacity transit options like rapid streetcar, frequent streetcar, and bus rapid transit, or for transit prioritization for buses. Check out the map and let SDOT know what you think<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/45da475885>. From those corridors, we are now choosing the top three to five corridors to prioritize for high capacity transit improvements.

The Transit Master Plan's vision is important as we work through funding challenges and prioritize how to maintain and grow our transit system. King County Metro released more information last week about possible cuts in transit<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/13dd3323f4> that could result in a 17% reduction in service and proposed a way to help reduce the cuts<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/9f1b24d1a1>. Sound Transit has its own budget problems<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/6e5df6d8a5>. We continue to pursue funding options for transportation at the local<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/018e2d402c>, regional, state<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/153daa3aef>, and national<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/c3420f3234/action_KEY=3934> levels.

Just so we're clear: we're not giving up on getting more transit in this town.


Follow Mayor McGinn on the social networks

While we haven't yet received our invite to Google+, Mayor McGinn is active on the online social networks. Our Twitter account is @MayorMcGinn<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/784517f673> (we just passed 5,000 followers today!) and our Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/MayorMcGinn<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/f21aac716f>. The mayor actively posts to both pages himself, along with staff. Both are a good way to keep up with what the Mayor is doing each day, his thoughts about important issues facing the city, and to learn about great things that the community is doing to make Seattle a better place to live. We also respond to your questions and comments there. If you're already following the mayor, thanks! Would you be able to recruit a few friends as well?

Upcoming Events (for more see http://seattle.gov/Engage/access.htm<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/d3a3bbe745>):

June 29: Washington Park Arboretum Master Plan Implementation Open House, 6:30 p.m., 2300 Arboretum Drive East<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/452dcef6dc/v=2&style=r&where1=2300+Arboretum+Dr+E%2c+Seattle%2c+WA+98112-2300>

June 30: Lower Kinnear Park: Project Update Open House Meetings, 6:30 p.m., Bayview Manor, 11 West Aloha Street<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/34330b79b2/v=2&style=r&where1=11+W+Aloha+St%2c+Seattle%2c+WA+98119-3743>

July 11: University Heights Open Space Public Meeting, 7:00 p.m., University Heights Center for the Community, 5031 University Way Northeast<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/149380815d/v=2&style=r&where1=5031+University+Way+NE%2c+Seattle%2c+WA+98105-4341>


What we're reading:

Building a 21st Century Communications Economy<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/7536734849>

Developers Give Gen Y What They Want<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/2042abbacf>

Is the Tunnel Worse than Nothing?<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/39b166f270>


Recent blog posts:

Vietnamese group working to create community center<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/d69ca9715b>

Seattle Youth Commission end-of-the-year reports: Youth Violence Committee<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/22ba393208>

Block watches and individual officer recognition support good opinions of police<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/8890506239>

Upcoming Outreach Events<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/64ec35872e>  -  Outreach map<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/c2f1e993dd>  -  Blog<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/a9d92922d3>  -  Facebook<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/88496e758b/#!/pages/Mayor-Mike-McGinn/224859138615>  -  Twitter<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/e395bfb795>

Engage Seattle<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/562c84cce8>  -  Jobs Plan<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/afb6b995dc>  -  Walk Bike Ride<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/7feba8a854>  -  Youth and Families<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?OfficeoftheMayor/9feecf5cf6/e15b5b7854/af06820359>

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