Hello Otter families!
Isn’t this a strange time we are living in? It seems like it was only yesterday that we last saw each other, but also an eternity ago.
Seattle has for the most part been canceled. Luckily, the weather has been beautiful, if cold, so we can at least get outside. I hope many of you can use this opportunity to get outdoors and hike, bike, walk, say hello to your neighbors, and enjoy the coming of spring.
Below are a whole bunch of links to ways we can help each other and keep our brains working during the following weeks.
Taking care of our students is at the top of our long list of concerns. Following is a link from Seattle Public Schools which lists sites that students can access free lunches:
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention something about books! I am still so sad about canceling the Pre-Loved Book Sale….But, I am excited to get into some reading during this break from school.
Here’s a link to electronic and audiobook resources from our friends at the Seattle Public Library. There are many free options for kids and adults!
Sharing some info from our friends at Eckstein Middle School, here is a link for workers who are experiencing a loss of income:
Many businesses and workers are being affected by COVID-19. For employed persons who are experiencing a decrease in wages, the Governor’s office and the Employment Security Department have greatly increased opportunities to access unemployment benefits due to COVID-19. You can call the direct line at 1-800-752-2500 or get more information at their website: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.
For families looking to do some help in the community during this time, here are some links to organizations right in our neighborhood who could use help and donations:
Mercy Magnusen House Community Pantry needs non-perishables:
They will accept items Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm in the coming weeks. Families can drop off items to Education Liaison Brittney Friend in her office. To find her, go in the front door of Mercy Magnuson, turn right, and then find her office near the mailboxes. Any non-perishables would be appreciated. This pantry supplies food to our greater NE Seattle community. The agency is working on a plan for how this food will be distributed/delivered to families in need.
Area food banks are short on toiletry supplies, food, volunteers, and money. Here’s a list of local food banks that need help:
The University District Food Bank https://www.udistrictfoodbank.org/donate/food/
FamilyWorks Family Resource Center and Food Banks https://familyworksseattle.org/coronavirus-response/
North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank https://www.northhelpline.org/
Mary’s Place Seattle https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/
Ballard Food Bank https://www.ballardfoodbank.org/
Everyone, be well, stay safe, wash your hands, and get lots of rest! I am already so excited to see you all again soon.