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St. Catherine's students gathering, delivering full Thanksgiving dinners

November 18th, 2012 by master

There are plenty of ways to help out this holiday season, but at least one food drive will also help Maple Leaf youngsters understand the importance of giving back.

Seventh- and eighth-graders collect food for “Three Weeks of Giving”/Courtesy St. Catherine Parish School

Stephanie Gravenkemper, development director at St. Catherine Parish School, explains the service project the Maple Leaf school’s K-8 students are now in the midst of:

Currently we are working on our “Three Weeks of Giving” campaign together with St. Vincent de Paul to help feed the homeless and less fortunate on Thanksgiving.  Each class is assigned an item to bring in and it changes every week, for 3 weeks. (For example 2nd grade is bringing in cream of mushroom soup this week, boxed mashed potatoes next week).  Throughout all grades, we are able to assemble  packages for the less fortunate to create full Thanksgiving dinners and we deliver them.  We also collect toiletries items as well; toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, band aids, shampoo, etc to give away at the same time.

We are proud of how we give back to our community!

Want to help out? Just drop your contributions off at the front office of the school of 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E. Gravenkemper adds:

I would love to thank them personally if I am there!  So if they ask for me that would be great!

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Let fundraising begin for Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

April 28th, 2011 by master

Even though the Maple Leaf Reservoir is slated to be completely covered by mid-2012, Donna Hartmann-Miller, who heads the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park committee, told more than 50 people at last night’s Maple Leaf General Community Meeting that the park that will be built on top of the reservoir likely won’t be ready to use until sometime in 2013.

And although that adds one more year of waiting to use the space adjacent to the current Maple Leaf Playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St., that also gives the park committee another year to raise funds, which was one of the overarching topics of the Wednesday meeting at Olympic View Elementary, 1020 N.E. 82nd St. (Whose plant sale is this weekend, by the way! Post to follow.)

Although a $5 million levy is expected to cover the cost to put the lid on the reservoir and pay for much of the design for Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, the committee is raising money to pay for a few unfunded details, including a picnic shelter in the Family Terrace, which will be located at the site of the current Maple Leaf Playground; completion of a walkway around the perimeter of the park; trees; and furnishings.

Hartmann-Miller noted that there will be many ways to help out as fundraising gets under way, including donating either your money or time, and shopping locally after she gets more community businesses on board with a plan to donate a portion of their proceeds to the park (stay tuned for details in the coming months).

Your participation also is in need with such issues as the Family Terrace, for which community resident Scott Bishop is pursuing a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund.

“We’ve raised $75,000 so far from community members, and 200 volunteer hours,” Bishop said. “That combination puts us over the $100,000 community match. If we are the recipient ultimately … we’ll be able to make that Family Terrace come to life.”

Bishop is looking for ideas from the community to both upgrade the current Maple Leaf Playground and to include more options for children’s play, and is inviting those with ideas to attend a Family Terrace Design Meeting from 6-8 p.m. June 1, also at Olympic View Elementary.

“There is more than one way to play,” Bishop said. “This is an opportunity to expand this area for other ways to play.” [Read more →]

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St. Catherine School food drive needs your help

November 23rd, 2010 by master

Although we’re reluctant to ask anybody to drive in this weather, we still want to share a request urging community members to contribute to a food drive that St. Catherine of Siena Parish School is helping organize.

The food is needed for the residents of Nickelsville, which recently moved to Lake City, and Tent City 3, which is scheduled to move to Meadowbrook’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Students at the Maple Leaf school, located at 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., already have gathered blankets for the drive, but are still in need of food items that don’t need to be heated or refrigerated, such as fruit, breakfast bars, muffins, small bottles of fruit juice and meat sticks. Other contributions could include small bottles of Purell and hand wipes, however, no money contributions can be accepted.

Drop off your donation by Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center, 12525 28th Ave. N.E., which is open today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday night, St. Catherine students and parents will assemble gift bags that students have decorated with Thanksgiving messages, then deliver them on Thursday morning.

If you can’t make it to the center by Wednesday night because of the snow or any other reason, organizer Renee Staton said she will be driving around Wednesday afternoon picking up donations if you contact her in advance at or 206-225-5739.

Don’t forget, North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., also is still in need of extra turkeys to give to families in need this Thanksgiving holiday, and Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., is offering a free drink of your choice to customers who bring in a grocery bag full of nonperishable foods for the food bank.

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100 miles to Maple Leaf – by bike, and for charity

May 8th, 2010 by Mike

On Saturday morning Lesley Jacobs set out to bike 100 miles without leaving her front yard.

Jacobs, who lives just on the other side of Lake City Way from Maple Leaf, volunteers for Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Challenge Seattle, as does her partner, Ken Yu. The actual challenge takes place here on June 19, and includes bike rides from 10 to 100 miles. “Ken and I volunteer at the Seattle LiveStrong event, so we don’t ride it,” said Jacobs, a graphic designer and veteran cyclist. “I figure I’ll do my ride tomorrow to make up for it,” she wrote in an e-mail on Friday.

By spinning 100 miles in place, Jacobs also qualifies for a more limited event: The  “Third Annual 100 Miles of Nowhere.”

Her goal is to raise $3,000 for the Seattle challenge. On Saturday morning she was at $2,305. You can see her progress, or contribute, at her LiveStrong Challenge Page, here.

Maple Leaf resident Anthony Bolante, who lives near Olympia View Elementary School, will be riding the actual Seattle challenge. His fundraising page is here.

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