-- As the second week of a teachers strike unfolds in Marysville,
some families and students are searching for an academic booster
youngsters have started showing up at the Tulalip Boys and Girls
Club education center, where they can take computerized reading
tests, get help with math or do arts and crafts.
parents have been looking for workbooks at local stores to sharpen
their children's skills during the extended summer break. The 11,000-student
district's teachers have been on strike since Sept. 2. Both sides
were expected to be in contract talks with a state mediator today.
Tulalip Tribes have sunk $30,000 into providing meals and academic
help for students who are out of school because of the strike. The
money will cover about three weeks, and the tribes will invest more
if need be, said Stan Jones Sr., vice chairman of the tribes.
free classes opened to the public on Monday.
don't want the kids to get further behind," Jones said.
of the students on hand Tuesday live on the Tulalip Reservation
and are regulars at the Boys and Girls Club. Others come from Marysville.
Jones, 13, who will be an eighth-grader at Marysville Junior High,
spent 45 minutes Tuesday showing addition, subtraction and multiplication
flash cards to her neighbor, Kami Killian, 8, who will be a third-grader
at Kellogg Marsh Elementary when school opens.
told her about how they were having school here because the teachers
are on strike, and she was interested and wanted to come with us,"
he picked up Kami and his own three children Tuesday, Nicole's dad,
Leon Enick, said he was thankful the tribes opened the education
I heard about it, I said, 'Get the kids, get them ready, get them
down there.' Even if they are not going to be in school, they are
going to be doing some learning," he said.
Thacker, director of the education center, said roughly 40 new students
showed up Tuesday. If attendance continues to grow, students will
be broken into groups based on their grade level for more individualized
instruction, he said.
Hale, a striking teacher from Tulalip Elementary School, stopped
by to volunteer for a while Tuesday. He was glad to see the children
learning while contract negotiations continue.
is great," he said. "The tribe is always right there when
there is a need for kids."
Paul, a second-grader at Quil Ceda Elementary School, spent part
of his afternoon studying geography with a computer game. He set
a personal record, pointing a stylus correctly on eight randomly
named states in 42 seconds.
I started, I would only get two," he said.
parents aren't necessarily looking for a classroom setting -- just
downtown Marysville, Mary Burns of Bookworks has been doing a brisk
business with families looking for workbooks for their preschool
through sixth-grade children in recent days. High school students
have come in with lists of books they may be reading this year.
older ones are trying to get started now so they don't get behind,"