Monday, March 23, 2015

MEET OUR FINALIST, CINDY!

WE ARE INCREDIBLY EXCITED FOR HER TO COMPETE IN THE BIG APPLE! 



“Creativity” by Cindy

I am a very creative girl,
my mind is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
thinking of writing a book to a movie,
(coming out in 2021)
My imagination is bigger than my knowledge,
my ideas are so fictional yet so realistic,
my ideas are sci-fi with a little help of wi-fi
award winning ideas,
I’ll have Oscars on my wall,
I’ll be a great director and author,
but that is miles away
but I know I’ll be in New York someday
And that’s today!




We asked Cindy what her favorite subject was, she immediately responded, "Writing!"


Similarly, when we asked Cindy what her favorite part of SCORES was, she told us it was,"That it's a mixture of writing and soccer." 


Want to learn more about this awesome #PoetAthlete?! Check out her interview on YouTube:



We know that Cindy will be an excellent representative of 

America SCORES Seattle in New York 

and we could not be more proud! 



Congratulations, Cindy!


Want to be a part of our #PoetAthletes' once in a lifetime opportunity? 
There is still plenty of time to donate to our Bite the Big Apple fundraiser!

DONATE HERE 

And help our #PoetAthletes tour NYU, take home cool swag, and capture their experience through photo! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

WHAT'S THE GOOD WORD?

With so many AWESOME things happening at 

America SCORES Seattle

 it's hard to keep track! 


SO...here is exactly what our #PoetAthletes have been up to! 



JR SCORES 

Last month we told you about our exciting new JR SCORES curriculum...now, we could not be more thrilled to say that students and coaches have loved it alike! This story was highly effective at teaching our students literacy and life-skills, both indoors and out! With all the excitement that you can imagine along the way, we are excited to hear from one of our favorite Maple Elementary coaches that Zumba the monkey, has almost escaped the zoo and the Golden Boot, lost early in the season, is sure to soon be found! Thanks to all of our coaches who continue to #EngageAndEmpower our youngest #PoetAthletes!   


#PoetsBiteTheBigApple

Maybe you've heard the buzz, but just in case, Seattle is excited to send two amazing #PoetAthletes to NYC next month! Since our finalists, Cindy and Mohamed were selected, we have done everything that we can to make sure that their trip will be one to remember! When these two awesome poet's mentioned that maybe they wanted to bring home a t-shirt and take a tour of N.Y.U., we wanted to make sure that could happen for them! We know how hard they have worked and believe strongly that they deserve the best experience possible! We are happy to say that we are well on our way and you can still donate HERE today! 


Reach for the Stars: Annual Gala & Auction

On April 24th America Scores Seattle will host its twelfth annual gala and auction. This year's theme will be "Reach for the Stars", something we see our #PoetAthletes do everyday! This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year and we hope that this year will be a great success! The event will include dinner, games, and both a silent and live auction. AND...maybe most exciting, this year's program will include four special speakers, our very own SCORES poets! If you are interested in becoming involved, sponsoring our special guest speakers or have questions about the auction, please don't hesitate to contact us at speppers@americascores.org! We look forward to sharing this special evening with you all on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! 


Spring Season

We can't believe it's already here...well, almost at least! Here in Seattle, we always look forward to a little sunshine, and this year is no exception! Spring Season will begin next month, April 20th, and we are so excited! Along with months of fun on the field and in the classroom, this season is one of our favorites, because it includes our #PoetAthletes commitment to their communities! This commitment is fulfilled through a season long service learning project, which is designed and executed by our students. This year, we intend to concentrate these projects within the schools which our students attend. It is our hope that this will allow our students to engage in service learning not only during the hour and a half they meet with their teammates and coaches at SCORES, but throughout the day, week, month and year...even in years to follow! Stay tuned to learn more about these projects, our #PoetAthletes, Game Days and other exciting upcoming events! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

HELP OUR FINALISTS EXPERIENCE THE BIG APPLE!

Next month, our finalists will be flying across the country to participate in the

America SCORES National Slam! 


We could not be more proud and excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity for our #PoetAthletes! Mohamed and Cindy were selected by our judges to represent Seattle in NYC -- we think that they will do an amazing job! Because this is such a special opportunity, we are hoping that they will truly be able to experience the city. 





In order to accomplish this task, we are asking for YOUR HELP! 



Help our #PoetsBiteTheBigApple by making a donation today! Any money that you give will ensure that these two will have the whole NYC experience with pizza, t-shirts, transportation for touring the prestigious N.Y.U. and so much more!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY! 






Friday, February 20, 2015

MEET OUR FINALIST, MOHAMED!

WE COULD NOT BE MORE THRILLED TO SEND MOHAMED TO NYC!!!


“My People” by Mohamed

I see my people hurting each other sometimes
I wonder who’s going to stop them
Could it be me?
It can’t be me, I’m just a little seed
But I still got big dreams out there for me
My pain is rising deep inside of me
Playing this game called life
It’s like getting stabbed in my chest
If I’m stressing you out just confess
Because I’m just trying to address
What I can one day make a success
My people impress me
The people who paved the way for me
To say what I have to say today
My people


We thought, who better to tell you about this awesome #PoetAthlete than Mohamed himself? Check out the interview on YouTube:



Mohamed told America SCORES Seattle about the inspiration for his poem, "I just was thinking about the people I'm from and how bad stuff happened out there, and I just wanted to write about that."


When we asked Mohamed what he was most excited about in N.Y., he told us he was,"most excited about performing there." 


We know that Mohamed will be an excellent representative of 

America SCORES Seattle in New York 

and we could not be more proud! 



Congratulations, Mohamed!


While you can ANYTIME, stay tuned to hear ways you can 
to America SCORES Seattle to make our #PoetAthletes trip to the Big Apple extra special!!!





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"The Legend of the Golden Boot": A NEW CURRICULUM FOR JR SCORES

Our JR SCORES program is well underway and there is already much excitement! 



Beginning this year, America SCORES Seattle launched an entirely new curriculum and we are thrilled to share the ways which our #PoetAthletes have been using "The Legend of the Golden Boot", an interactive workbook illustrated by Maybelline Chow.

In this story, Zoomba, a monkey from Brazil who lives in a zoo, finds himself sad that he cannot "eat ice cream, have friends, read books, and run freely like humans can." So, he decides to escape. Shortly after, Zoomba is given a magic boot which allows him human abilities, one of which, is soccer. Taught both in the classroom and on the playground, at the core of this curriculum are values which address student's need to interact with their environment, their sense of involvement in these experiences, as well as their creative, imaginative and emotional intelligence. Through Zoomba's story, students further develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, while also learning about respect, teamwork and community. Of course, throughout this time, these kids aren't missing out on any kicks and have been spending considerable time in the gym honing their soccer skills.   



Learn More About the Illustrator: 

Raised in Indonesia, Maybelline Chow was born in San Francisco, returning and attending The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the university, she received her BFA in illustration and enjoys "drawing, painting and everything in between." What we think makes her most awesome? How much our #PoetAthletes love her illustrations! 

Learn more about Maybelline and see what she had to say about illustrating for JR SCORES on her blog:




MAYBELLINE'S BLOG




 




Stay tuned to understand more about JR SCORES and hear first-hand how the program 

engages and empowers our young #PoetAthletes!




Friday, January 30, 2015

Introducing our new CAA: Andrew Bloom!


Hi! My name is Andrew Bloom and I'm excited to be serving America SCORES Seattle this year as an Americorps volunteer through Coach Across America. I recently received my degree in Exercise Science and Health from the University of Idaho, where I also competed in D1 Track and Field. I'm excited to be working with the youth in this community and helping them develop their soccer and life skills.


How did you get into education or start working with youth?
I began working with youth back in college where I became very involved with my teams youth camp that we ran every year. From there I moved on to coaching track and soccer during the summer time.

What is your favorite sport to play?
My favorite sport to play growing up was probably soccer. But the sport I have been apart of the longest is track and field. I was always that kid on the playground who was looking for a race. 

Who is your favorite athlete?
I would have to say Russell Wilson, because he is an exceptional leader on and off the field. He sets a great example for others by never giving up. And... because Go Hawks!!

What is your favorite poem?
I think my favorite poem would have to be "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. I'm not the biggest poetry buff, but this poem has always seemed to stick with me. Im excited to learn more about poetry this year and see the great work the kids in this program come up with. 


I'm thrilled to be apart of this great program and can't wait to see these kids progress through out the season. I have already had the pleasure of working with the Jr. SCORES the past two weeks at Maple and Dunlap Elementary Schools, and look forward to getting to know them better over the next six weeks.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Let's Celebrate Our Finalists!

Last week we shared some exciting news! America SCORES Seattle is off to New York City and representing our state are two wonderful #PoetAthletes! Congratulations Khadija and Mohamed!

However, picking these two, from even a handful of finalists from various schools, was not easy...and we wanted to show you why! Check back to see our special highlight of Kadijah's and Mohamed's poetry and preparation for the National Poetry Slam in NYC!

This week, we would like to take the time to congratulate and showcase all of our amazing state finalists who worked so hard to get where they are!


Enjoy these thoughtful words!


“Craziness”

One day love
One day happiness
One day sadness
One day craziness
Maybe I’m not right for this world
What is the meaning of life?
What am I supposed to do?
I can’t change anything
I see this girl in my dreams
She puts on a smile
I can see from a mile
Maybe I’m crazy in the brain
Or maybe I was just sleeping on the train

- Rose L.
  (Bailey Gatzert Elementary, 5th Grade)


"Untitled"

People say I’m nothing
But I try to find who I am
I try, try
But today I know who I really am
I am that boy who has confidence
It doesn't hurt that people say I’m nothing
Because today I know who I really am
                                                                          
- Sadik O.
(Bailey Gatzert, 3rd Grade)



“Life”


Life
Never fair
But of course
Never easy
There are nice people
And mean people
But everyday of your life
No matter how hard it is
Stop
And think of those people that helped you in your difficult times
The person that made you the most happiest human being in the world 
And the woman who gave you life
And always remember to have faith and live every second of your life
No matter what

- Adriana H. 
 (Bailey Gatzert, 5th Grade)

“Hope”

I see my people getting hurt, but I can’t do nothing
What’s there to live for
If I can’t do what I love?
I’m just a little girl with big dreams
People say I’m too young to help others
But today
No matter how young I am
I’ll stand up for what I believe in
Because I’m that girl
Who has courage 

- Hibo O.
(Bailey Gatzert, 5th Grade)





“Umbrella”

You shield me from the rain
Bouncing off the wetness
You are armor in disguise

- Sabrina H.
  (Bailey Gatzert, 3rd Grade)





“Me”

I’m looking at my reflection in the sea
It seems to be looking back at me
I can only see me
Lonely as I can be
Being the only one that believes in me
Seeing the future that’s ahead of me
Dreaming the dreams that only I can see
Black hair, dark brown eyes, smart kid
Yeah, that’s me
But my future
It’s still a mystery 

- Andrew L.
(Bailey Gatzert, 5th Grade)


“Friendship”

A friend is like a flower
A rose to be exact
Or maybe like a brand new gate
That never comes unlatched
A friend is like an owl
Both beautiful and wise
A friend is like a ghost
Whose spirit never dies
A friend is like a heart
That goes strong until the end
Where would we be in this world?
If we didn't have a friend
Friendship is like a treasure
Full of riches and gold
Friendship is a memory
That can never grow old
I awoke with a happy heart
And thanks-giving for my friend

- Kaycee C. 
 (Maple Elementary, Fifth Grade)


“I Remember”

I remember Darkness
I remember the banging of my chest
And the pumping of my blood
I remember my arms tightening
And the drops of sweat rolling down my face
I remember silence
I could taste fear coming for me
 I remember seeing black
And the monsters in my head come rolling in
I remember being afraid of feeling fear

- Trey P.
(Maple Elementary, Fifth Grade)



"Somali Girl"

I am a Somali girl
And this is how I see the world
I see people that are different from each other
They don’t speak the same language
Some live in pain
And some live in anguish
Because they can’t feed their kids or can’t pay their rent
By the time they get their pay check
Their moneys already spent
Some get bullied
Some get murdered
Some get led around like sheep to a herder
People rob other people
Young kids killing or shooting other kids
People are acting like animals
And killing other people
Before their interested in using their words
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE
Have some respect
What do I have to do?
Get on my knees?
Don’t make me do that
Help Somalia
And see what you get out of that
You can help Somalia even though you’re not Somalian
Once you get to meet them
They’re pretty funny
The way they talk is amazing
Every time I meet someone who just came from Somalia
I ask them to teach me own language perfectly
 Somalia is beautiful country
I hope you go to Somalia and see what we people are like
Because I know we Somali people are fun, loving, sweet and supportive

- Nafisa W.
  (Dunlap Elementary, 5th Grade)

“Friends of All Sorts”

It doesn’t cost a penny
But it’s worth more than gold
Like water in the desert sand
And it’s in the palm of your hand
Some are like a hallucination
That come to pollute
Others are like a fresh breath of air
That will be there anytime, anywhere
But some get you so mad
You pull out your hair
But you know what?
I don’t even care.
I don’t even care.
‘Cause that’s my friend
I don’t have to be locked in a tiny box
I don’t have to raise my hand to talk
I can say what I what I want to say
And do what I want to do
That’s what friends come down to

- Kya L. 
(Dunlap Elementary, 4th Grade)



“Dream”

I’m a girl who knows she’s all about that bass
Can she be shy?
Yes
But she can still knows how work it
Dreams bigger than New York
And soon to be a woman
Um, sweet, sour, but I’m not going to lie
A little bit crazy
This might be a dream
But, girl, I’m living it

- Sucdi H. 
  (Dunlap Elementary, 5th Grade)




“Me”

I’m the strongest kid of them all
People say I don’t cry at all
Well, I might cry, if I get lost in the mall
Too much things in my head
That’s why I get brain-farts
But wait! I’m smart
And I always get A-pluses in art
I’ve got the skills
To help pay my electric bills
I’ve got the knowledge
That will take me to college
If you don’t believe me
Ask my future me

-Gimarco L.
(Dunlap Elementary, 5th Grade)



"Imperfect"

Imperfect is labeled on me
Making so many mistakes
Being so clumsy with plates
My hair goes crazy
My nails are so long…I can be wolverine
I can’t sing, nor can I dance
But I still do it anyways
I’m not shy or confident
I’m shy-fident AND awkward
I read like a turtle
But slow and steady always wins the race
I can’t cook
My jokes are so corny, you’ll kill me
I’m such a goofball that I laugh at the stupidest things
I get tongue twisted on my own words
I say pretty weird stuff all the time
And that comes from this head
Where all of my imagination and my creativity come from
It runs buck-wild in my head
YIPPEE-KAY-YEAH! 


- Cindy N.
  (Dunlap Elementary, 5th Grade)


“Scared”

Yes, I said it.
I’m scared.
It’s hard to stay
But I did it today
I regret it every minute
‘til this may
Pray this feeling will go away
But it didn’t
Scared
Yes, I said it a million times now
I’m scared
I’m not scared to say
But I still did it today
And I’m proud to say
I’m not scared
Now I can go on my way
A big light won’t give me a scare
So don’t jump in my way and say, “hey”
Because --- I’m not scared

- Ariyana S. 
(Roxhill Elementary, 5th Grade)


"When I Was Two"

When I was two
It was two years from when I was born
I ate a lot of corn
I was chubby and cute
When I sang it would sound like a flute
When I was two
I was quite an unmute
I was diagnosed with dolichoectasia
When I was two
I was in a coma for five months
For my parents it was tough
When I was two
My tonsils were infected
The doctors did something to protect it
When I was two
I had a feeding tube
The doctors sent me to the emergency room
When I was two
I’m lucky I’m not in a grave
I was little, but still brave
That’s why ‘til this very day
People say,
“Why do you sound like that?”

- Agnessa U.
  (Roxhill Elementary, 5th Grade)


Thank you all for sharing your powerful words!
Keep writing!