Lincoln High School opened at Interlake Ave N in 1907, but was closed due to low enrollment in 1981. Since then, the building itself has served as an interim location for other schools undergoing their own renovations, and more recently, “Lincoln High” has been operating out of its own interim location on Ravenna Blvd by Green Lake.
But in a mere 198 days, Lincoln High will re-open in its original location here in Wallingford.
Ed Phippen writes that “parents have been busy establishing PTSAs and such. A group of us are working on raising money for Lincoln’s new music and performing arts programs. The needs there are pretty significant and we need several months of lead time to order a few things (like marching band uniforms) so that they are available when school starts,” so asked us if we let you all know about a fundraiser they’re planning:
Dine Out to Support the Performing Arts for Lincoln High School
As you may know, Lincoln High School is set to open for good this September, beginning with Freshman and Sophomore classes in September and growing in size as time goes by. If you live in Lincoln’s service area, your child may end up attending this school. As one can imagine, there’s much work to be done in opening a high school, and a lot of preparation has been going on for over a year. Some things take longer than others, for example, on the performing arts side, about six months of advance time is needed to order things such as marching band uniforms.
Performing Arts for Lincoln is a committee of the Lincoln PTSA, a group of parents who are working hard to organize fund raising events. On February 26, Tutta Bella in Wallingford (4411 Stone Way N) is hosting a Dine Out for Performing Arts at Lincoln, where 10% of sales to benefit Lincoln’s performing arts. You gotta eat, right? So come dine out at Tutta Bella and help Lincoln too.
We currently also have a GoFundMe happening to raise funds for marching band uniforms.
More events are coming up – we’ll advertise them here, on Facebook, and in school newsletters. So stay tuned!
Why Are We Raising Money for Lincoln’s Performing Arts?
The Seattle School District budget for Lincoln contains critical support for the music program and will provide needed alterations to the existing space for items like classrooms and lockers. Their support will also cover key salaries and most of the needed instruments. However, it will not be enough to get the program off to its best start and does not include funding for sheet music, additional instruments, marching band uniforms, coaches, plays, costumes, scholarships for competitions, rental equipment, and more. Music and performing arts in the Seattle Public Schools is one of their best kept secrets – great instruction, lots of performance opportunities, many accomplished instructors, well-organized year-round activities, and tons of success. Let’s make sure Lincoln’s students have the best possible experience to keep up the Seattle tradition.
A strong performing arts program is an excellent way for students to connect with each other and the communities in which they live. We hope to see you at Tutta Bella on February 26!