06-21-2018  6:50 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

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Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

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Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

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OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

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Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

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Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Directors Guild says industry is still mostly white and male

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Demi Lovato sings about addiction struggles on 'Sober'

NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety in March, but her new song indicates she may no longer be sober.The pop star released "Sober " on YouTube on Thursday, singing lyrics like: "Momma, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Merkel pledges 0 million loan for troubled Jordan

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Alyssa Keehn Special to The Skanner News

"Let's get this party started!" celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl yelled to an excited crowd of more than 4,000 roller derby fans at Seattle's Key Arena last month.

Seattle's legendary Rat City Rollergirls teamed up with the charity First Book on Feb. 9 to raise funds for the organization, which distributes books to children from families in need.

Each of the four teams competing chose a favorite children's book to represent them in the game-day event. Buckets were then passed around the stands, with fans able to donate money toward their team's book.

The four books contending were "The Monster at the End of this Book," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Where the Wild Things Are," and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day."

"Where the Wild Things Are," nominated by team Derby Liberation Front, received the most donations and was read by Pearl during halftime in a mock living room set up on the derby floor. 

Two classes of first graders from Sand Point Elementary School were in attendance and gathered around for the book reading. It was the first time kids had been invited down to the derby floor.

"We were surprised," said Megan Lehman, chair of First Book Seattle.

"We were expecting only 20 to 30 brave kids to join her."

Instead, many of the audience's adult members came down and joined the children at the book reading, totaling around 100 people altogether.

"Our fans were delighted with the creativity involved," Jessica Ivey of Rat City Rollergirls said.

Over $2,000 was raised at the event and went entirely to First Book Seattle, including $500 directly from the Rat City Rollergirls.

The money will go toward purchasing more than 700 books for local children.

The lasting impact of the partnership at Key Arena, Lehman said, was the sense of possibility felt that night, from "the kids in attendance who heard a full stadium cheering for their right to read," to "the volunteers carrying heavy buckets filled with change," to "the amazing Rollergirls who reminded us what's so fun, and hard core, about reading."

First Book Seattle works with Title I schools in King County to provide new, high-quality books to children who might not otherwise have access to them. Schools fall in the Title I category if a large number of their students are low-income and require additional academic resources.

"We fight for every child to have their own bag of books, and to find their own first book that they love," said Lehman.

The event at Key Arena wasn't the first time Rat City Rollergirls have been involved with the education-promoting organization.

Several of the Rollergirls have made appearances in Seattle elementary schools, educating children about the emerging sport of roller derby and the importance of fitness, as well as reading.

"They're a strong organization to collaborate with, and it benefits everybody," said Ivey, of First Book.

"We wanted to bring visibility to them."

The Rat City Rollergirls collaborate with a charity at every bout (the roller derby equivalent of a game). 

Their next partnership will be at Key Arena on March 16 with the Girl Scouts of America.

           

ALYSSA KEEHN is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory

 

 

 

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