Discussion Panel for Philanthropy

Are you are interested in donating to help our larger community, but not sure where to start? The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless is hosting an online discussion panel:

We’ll provide an update on how organizations and philanthropies are fairing under the current circumstances and examine if this current moment in time — a global pandemic combined with a national racial-justice reckoning — could force us to rethink the very nature of giving.

Seattle Times, August 29, 2020

Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:00pm. You can register for the event by using this link:


The discussion will last for one hour and will include a question and answer session.

Joining the discussion are:

Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, working towards equity.

Jason Clark, CEO and president of Second Harvest, working to supply food banks, and meal programs across the state.

Palmira Figueroa, campaign manager at the Social Justice Fund NW, a grant making organization that addresses social, economic and environmental inequity.

From the Seattle Times: Residential real estate industry is wrestling with history of racism

Interesting article in the Times this Sunday about redlining practices in the Seattle area, and how today’s real estate industry deals with, and perpetuates racial inequity.

Read it here.

Did you know that Highland Park is a neighborhood that was formerly redlined, a practice that was made illegal in the Fair Housing Act of 1968? The legacy of that racist practice hugely affects Seattle’s schools today – if you look at schools with poor scores on sites such as Greatschools (which look purely at test scores to rate schools from 1 to 10), and look at the map of Seattle’s redlined areas, they line up almost identically.

If you are interested in how real estate values affect school funding, you can contact the entire school board here: schoolboard@seattleschools.org, or our zone’s board member, Leslie Harris directly here: leslie.harris@seattleschools.org

Or Superintendent Juneau with this link.

You can also contact our districts state legislators:

Joe Nguyen

Eileen Cody

Joe Fitzgibbon

8/22 Donation Only Rummage Sale!

Join us 8/22/2020 to do some β€œrummage sale-ing” while supporting The Highland Park PTA. Items will be no cost with donations accepted. We hope to have items available for the community that will help children navigate the start of the school year virtually. Come support us 11am-4pm at 9009 13th Ave SW. All proceeds will go to Highland Park students, staff and families. Please wear a mask and plan to social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Have items you want to donate? Want to volunteer for set up, take down? Have a truck you can haul away items after? Please email hpemustang@gmail.com.

Itto’s Tapas food giveaway tonight

Hey Mustangs,

It’s been a while since I posted – I, like you, have been totally consumed with trying to figure out this learning from home thing.

While we are not doing the food pantry anymore, I am still trying to keep an ear out for food resources.

Itto’s Tapas is doing a food donation event tonight at the West Seattle Eagles Club (4426 California Ave SW). The restaurant is closed, but they will be cooking at the Eagles Club starting at 5:00pm. They only have food available for the first 150 so get there early!

They are hoping to do an event in White Center soon, we will keep you updated!


Ongoing food pantry

This week the district has started providing lunches to students, but thanks to generous donations from the community, we are going to keep an ongoing food pantry going for families who need it, for as long as we can. If you cannot get there we might be able to deliver, please let us know. This food is for school families and also for anyone in our community that needs it, so if you have a neighbor that might need food resources but is not associated with the account please let them know! πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’›

Currently the schedule will look like this:

Tuesday mornings 8:00 to 12:00pm

Friday afternoons 2:00 to 6:00pm.

Bring bags if you can, if not we will have bags on hand.

If you are interested in donating food, contact us through hpemustang@gmail.com to arrange pick up/delivery. If you are interested in donating cash our PayPal account is through hpemustang@gmail.com as well. If you have connections to cheap food supplies we would also love to hear from you!

Update: As I was writing this we got a $500 donation through PayPal – these are difficult times and seeing our community rally like this is truly a bright spot in this world!!!

Socioeconomic fallout of coronavirus won’t spare children.

Donna Gretchen / Op-Art

Interesting opinion piece in today’s Seattle Times. You can read it here.

School closures are going to save lives and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. But how many lives are going to be endangered from the poverty that results from an enforced shut down?

Services update

Starting March 16 some SPS schools will be offering lunch services to students. The closest to HPE is Denny MS, but please check out this map if another location may be more convenient for you.

Also, Comcast is offering 2 months of free internet services to waiting applicants, please follow this link to see if you qualify:


Teachers are working on a survey to see what needs there are in order to continue learning over the next six weeks, they will be contacting families soon. Ms. Tapia just posted on Class Dojo that work packets will be available to students at lunch pick up sites starting March 23rd.

We will keep you updated as more resources are made available. Stay strong, Mustangs!

Update: lunches are available to ALL students, from 11 to 1 at each site.

Day 2 of food drive

If you are in need of food we are handing out groceries again today, in the parking lot of Highland Park Elementary. School families AND any neighborhood families are welcome. We will be there until 6:00, please come!

If you would like to donate to the PTA to support the drive you can via PayPal (hpemustang@gmail.com) or contact us through blog contact info.