LocalGet a free Brown Bear car wash tomorrow
NEW – Noon Aug. 20, 2014
Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 57th anniversary with free car washes Aug. 21.
Brown Bear will give away free “Bear Essential” car washes at 21 of its automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area.
For the past eight years, the Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear has provided more than 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event generated 27,223 complementary washes.
The local wash is at 22121 S.E. 56th St.
SportsSummer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season
The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.
Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.
They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.
SchoolsFailing-school letters to go out
School districts include retort
Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.
But the districts don’t have to like it, and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, explaining why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.
“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.