Local Middle School Wins $10,000 for Teaching Kids How to Code

Pacific Middle School will use grant to buy new computers

Burien, WA– Pacific Middle School is the only school in Washington to receive a $10,000 grant from Code.org to buy technology to support computer science learning in the classroom.

On Tuesday, December 9, from 9:50-10:30 a.m., State Representative Tina Orwall, as well as representatives from Code.org and Microsoft, will present the $10,000 check to Pacific students during a schoolwide assembly.

After the assembly, Microsoft engineers will visit two science classrooms and teach students how to code.

“With this gift, we will be able to provide students with greater access to technology, ensuring that our students will be on the forefront, not just consuming technology of the future, but creating it,” said Principal Deborah Rumbaugh.

Computer science is among the fastest growing industries in our region. Coding is an essential aspect of computer science, as well as finance, accounting, marketing, social media, and many more professions.

All 675 students at Pacific will also participate in Code.org’s annual Hour of Code event, which is designed to show that anyone can learn the basics of code.

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Future South Sound leaders get firsthand look at Legislature

OLYMPIA...Sen. Joe Fain hosted the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound on Wednesday at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia where they heard from elected officials and legislative leaders, toured the capitol campus and experienced how an idea becomes a law.

The program prepares local business people, government officials and community members for civic and professional leadership opportunities throughout South King County.

“Every year I’m impressed by the many talented people who are interested in sharing those talents and passion to better our community,” said Fain, who represents South King County in the state Senate. “Whether they’re involved in a community group, business or serve in local government it’s helpful for them to know and be able to teach others how to navigate state government."

During the morning session the group heard from Senator Fain who was hosting the group in Olympia for the fourth consecutive year. They also had the opportunity to visit with multiple officials who oversee the many steps required to pass legislation.

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South Park Arts turns 10 and presents the 10th Annual Art Under $100 Sale

Seattle, November 11, 2014 —Over 50 local artists will convene at the Seattle Design Center for the 10th Annual Art Under $100 Sale on Saturday, December 6, from 2-9 p.m. The beloved event continues to gather momentum, celebrating its tenth year in a spacious venue in Georgetown/SODO. For holiday shoppers, AU100 offers an unsurpassed opportunity to discover unique, affordable art while supporting local artists.

“It’s real art, and it’s really affordable-- that’s what brings people back year after year,” said Raina Anderson, head of South Park Arts. Art Under $100 began in a residential garage in the South Park neighborhood. Wendy Woldenberg said, “We had about 100 people at our first sale. Each year it grows. Last year we hosted more than 1600 shoppers! People are drawn by the quality of the art, the opportunity to purchase it directly from the artists, and because it’s a party!”
So what exactly happens at the fun and festive event known as AU100?

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