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Fair Runs September 5 – 21, 2014

The Washington Homeschool Organization has coordinated with the Educational Programs Department for free tickets to homeschoolers. Please precisely follow this procedure for getting tickets:
First, contact your local school district for tickets. Most districts have included homeschoolers in their ticket order from the Educational Programs Department.
If the district does not honor your request for tickets; send the following to the Washington State Fair, Educational Programs Department, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371:

  1. A copy of your “Declaration of Intent to Provide Home-Based Instruction” This must have the school district logo on it.
  2. Give reason why the district did not honor your request for tickets.  Include the name and phone number of district person you spoke with.
  3. Self-addressed stamped envelope.

Requests must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 29th. No exceptions, please.
One ticket will be issued for each student ages 6 through 18, and one adult pass per family. Children under 6 years old are free.

Please note: Educational Program staff has advised us that there is some abuse of free fair tickets. Some homeschoolers are receiving tickets from multiple sources. Please take only one ticket per student from one organization.

Online Teen Summer Challenge at Pierce County Library

A summer reading program and more, Pierce County Library’s Teen Summer Challenge offers teens a one-of-a-kind way to explore their interests, library and community, now through Aug. 31.

Teens complete activities to earn badges such as Code an App, Doctor Who, Hunger Games, John and Hank Green and Stop Motion Animation. New badges are released throughout the summer as participation increases. As of today, more than 10,000 activities have been completed. Players share their experiences online and with other teens through regular community meet-ups.

Anyone ages 13 and up can register. Participants with a Pierce County Library card qualify for prizes. Each completed activity equals another entry into a grand prize drawing for an iPad mini. Top point earners win an Amazon gift card. Prizes are courtesy of Pierce County Library Foundation.

This year’s theme is Spark a Reaction. Activities and badges focus on learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

This is the third year of the library’s online challenge for teens. The 2013 effort landed the No. 7 spot on Clickipedia’s Top 25 Best Examples of Gamification in Business. Pierce County Library beat out top household brands such as Verizon, Nissan and The World Bank on Clickipedia’s list.


Purfect PalsHelp Homeless Shelter Cats!

Purrfect Pals is a no-kill cat shelter and sanctuary in Arlington and has more than a dozen off-site adoption sites in partner pet stores in the Puget Sound area.

We need volunteers to come in for two hours once a week to clean cubbies, scoop litter pans, refresh water and food, play with cats, and talk to visitors.  It’s a great way to learn more about animals, about having a “job,” about being responsible, and about giving back to your community.

Teen/parent teams are welcome at all of our locations and teens 16 and older are welcome at our Petco stores.  We have off-site programs in:


  • Arlington
  • Bellevue
  • Everett
  • Issaquah
  • Kirkland
  • Lynnwood
  • Marysville
  • Renton
  • Sammamish
  • Seattle/Northgate
  • Seattle/North Aurora
  • Tukwila
  • Woodinville

We also need foster homes for raising kittens and caring for sick cats.  For more information and a link to our online application, please visit our web page at and click on Foster Volunteer.

Young Women Empowered (Y-WE). Our leadership, mentorship and arts programs for girls are low-cost or free and would be a great addition to any homeschool curriculum. One particular program which might be of interest to the youth and families you work with is our theater intensive program called Y-WE Speak. Girls get to see professional shows at the Seattle Rep, take theater workshops, and ultimately create and perform a show of their own on the Rep stage. You can read more about this program at:

I wanted to let you and your staff know that  Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) is offering two free sample events at Seattle Rep for ANY girl (ages 12+) who wants to see a free professional show, take a free amazing workshop, and learn about the programs Y-WE offers. Girls do not have to sign up for Y-WE if they attend and they will not be heavily recruited. It's just an opportunity for them to check it out and for us to spread the love and resources we have to offer with the greater community! Some other youth orgs are bringing groups of their girls as a field trip. If you know girls or staff who would like to attend, please pass this event link along to them:
I would be happy to reach out directly to theater teachers and anyone else within the school whom you think would be a good contact for this opportunity. 

You can also RSVP individually or as a group by using this link:

Pierce College Science Dome

The Science dome is  an immersive and interactive 38’ dome-shaped screen that allows you to; view the night sky from anywhere in the known universe on a cloudy day, be immersed in an alien environment with breathtaking full-dome images, explore the Egyptian pyramids, fly through the human body and so much more. For more information, check out the website:

Pacific Science Center WetLab Academy Seminars/Workshops

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, Washington, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Our award winning, Gold LEED® certified facility offers classrooms, wetlabs, a tree house, Visitor Center and hiking trails that all highlight the beauty of the surrounding wetland.

Wet Lab Academy

High school students have the opportunity to step away from the traditional high school chemistry curriculum at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment, students perform scientific investigations taking advantage of the living laboratory of the Mercer Slough Nature Park.

The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is located at 1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. To register call (206) 443-2925. For updated schedule information visit or email questions to

Volunteer Options for Home Schooling Youth 16 and Over – Read to Young Children

More than half of all kindergartners in our state are entering school without the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills they need to be successful. Research shows that those who start behind often stay behind. The good news is that reading with kids on a regular basis can make a real difference. That's why we are inviting you to become a Volunteer Reader for United Way of King County.

We're looking for friendly, responsible people to read with young kids—one-on-one (not group reading)—at select sites throughout King County. Volunteers are needed during weekday daytime hours, and need to be at least 16 years old.  By committing to read 1 hour a week for a minimum of six months, you can have a profound impact on the lives and outcomes of young children in our community.

For more information including sites and shift times go to or call 206.461.3700.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

You can find this and thousands of other volunteer opportunities on the United Way of King County Volunteer Center website: You can tailor your search by the age range of the volunteer.


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