Category Archives: Community

Beyond the Classroom: Homework Help Programs in South Seattle Libraries Cater to ELL Students

by Megan Saunders

On an unusually sunny early April day, the Rainier Beach branch of the Seattle Public Library is bustling with young children hauling large backpacks into a glass-paned room. There is homework to be done. Continue reading Beyond the Classroom: Homework Help Programs in South Seattle Libraries Cater to ELL Students

Mawadda Café: A Must Chai

By Rosalind Brazel

To understand what it took for Rami Al-Jebori to get his restaurant, Mawadda Café, up and running, you have to think about how many hours a week you work. Forty hours? A few more? Sixty at the very most? Imagine if you had to work fourteen-hour days for seven days a week. Here’s the math on that: 98 hours. Also, consider that this is not work for the weak-hearted. It’s not just working on your feet nearly that entire time but it’s also meeting and greeting your customers with a smile, which takes a different kind of energy. He had no staff, no cashier, no dishwasher. He had just himself to get Mawadda Cafe open and running. He worked this grueling schedule for two years. Makes you exhausted just thinking about it, right? Continue reading Mawadda Café: A Must Chai

New Dojo Brings Uplift and Taekwondo to Skyway

by Max Wasserman

With three decades of martial arts experience under his belt, Maxwell LaRoy knows how to teach taekwondo.

It’s why he opened Victory SEA Taekwondo, a dojo in the Skyway neighborhood, one month ago. He said taekwondo can teach kids empathy, validation, and respect — qualities he hopes to inspire in his students and the community they live in. Continue reading New Dojo Brings Uplift and Taekwondo to Skyway

Music Education is Ageless at Jazz Night School in Columbia City

by Emily Gilbert

In a room full of jazz musicians ranging in age from their 20s to 60s, everyone is looking at one man, Erik Hanson, the leader of Big Band Blue and Executive Director of Jazz Night School.

The school, based out of its new location on Rainier Avenue South in Columbia City since January 2017, welcomes musicians of all ages to learn jazz. Continue reading Music Education is Ageless at Jazz Night School in Columbia City