Seattle teachers voted for a one-day strike next Tuesday, May 19. The Seattle Education Association union members decided on a walkout hoping to add pressure on state lawmakers to increase the education budget. They are demanding smaller class sizes and livable wages. Twenty other school districts have either already planned a walkout or are currently planning one. Since classes won’t be in session that day, the city will provide free activities for students.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade in response to the May 19 teacher walk-out. The free program will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and will include supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.
“We’re willing to open Seattle’s community centers for parents needing daycare on May 19,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement. “Our programs for school age kids offer educational and fun options during the summer and school vacations. It just makes sense for Parks for to step up during this exceptional circumstance.”
Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students must have a completed registration form. Registration forms can be obtained at open community centers, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or printed from http://www.seattle.gov/parks/. To hold a spot at a center register in advance please go online at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp. A registration form still must be brought to the community center on the 19th.
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council will staff these sites. Parents are asked to drop off eligible children by 9:00 a.m. Spaces for parents who have pre-registered will not be held past 9:00 a.m. Once signed in, children will only be released to the authorized contacts listed on the registration form (identification is required).
Parents are asked to send a sack lunch with their child. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to those students who are unable to bring their own.
The drop-in activities will be available at the following community centers:
Alki, 5817 SW Stevens St.
Ballard, 6020 28th Ave. NW
Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N
Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW
Garfield, 2323 E Cherry St.
Hiawatha, 2700 California Ave. SW
High Point, 6920 34th Ave. SW
Jefferson, 3801 Beacon Ave. S
Loyal Heights, 2101 NW 77th St.
Magnolia, 2550 34th Ave. W
Magnuson, 7110 62nd Ave. NE
Meadowbrook, 10517 35th Ave. NE
Miller, 330 19th Ave. NE
Northgate, 10510 5th Ave. NE
Queen Anne, 1901 First Ave. W
Rainier, 4600 38th Ave. S
Rainier Beach, 8825 Rainier Ave. S
Ravenna-Eckstein, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE
South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S
Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
Yesler, 917 E Yesler Way
Parks’ Teen Centers will be open 2:30-8:00 p.m. in order to provide some daytime drop-in activities for teens. Geographically located Teen Centers are Meadowbrook, Garfield, and Southwest. See http://www.seattle.gov/parks/tlc/.