WA State Page Application Now Open

What is a Page? Check out this video to find out!

wa state pageSince 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives.

Paging presents students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Selection as a page is a great honor.

Page duties are varied. They range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting the flags to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions. Each job is vital to the efficient operation of the Legislature.

As the week-long experience draws to a close and pages return to their schools and communities, it is hoped that pages will share their experiences and observations with others in an effort to contribute to a more universal understanding of the legislative process.

The Work Week and Orientation
Pages must attend a two-hour page orientation on the Sunday afternoon immediately preceding the scheduled work week. The scheduled work week begins the next day, Monday, and extends through the following Friday. Daily work hours begin at 7:45 am and typically last until 5:00 pm.

Student Page School
Pages spend two hours each day in a classroom setting learning about the legislative process. Students have time outside of the 2-hour page school to do school assignments from home in the page room or in the evenings after work.

Requirements
To serve as a page for the House of Representatives, a student must:

  • Have permission from a parent or guardian
  • Have permission from school
  • Be sponsored by a current member of the House of Representatives
  • Be at least 14 years of age and not have reached his or her 17th birthday

To allow the maximum number of students to participate, pages are allowed (1) to serve only one week of a legislative session for either the House or Senate, not both; (2) to serve only once during their eligibility period.

Clothing
The House will provide pages with page jackets and a black tie (for boys). Pages must bring the following clothing, to be worn each day: a white blouse or white shirt with collar, black dress slacks or black skirt, black shoes, black socks.

Housing and Transportation
Pages are responsible for their own housing and transportation arrangements. The House of Representatives will provide a list of available private housing at the time of employment confirmation.

Employment Information
Applicants who are selected to serve as House pages will be provided with written employment confirmation. At that time, a packet will be provided which contains detailed information regarding the paging experience and forms that must be completed prior to the time paging begins.

Paging is a paid position – the pay is $35 per day for each day worked. Before work commences, federal law requires that all employees, including pages, have a Social Security card and prove their employment eligibility.

Questions
If you have questions or need this application in an alternate format, please contact your member of the House of Representatives or the Legislative Information Center at the address and telephone number provided below.

Interested in applying?   Click here for the Page Application form (PDF form).  Don’t delay – Page spots fill quickly!

Legislative Information Center
House of Representatives
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7573

Moms Demand Action Coming To Ballard

Moms-Demand-logo-apLisa Duggan, Whittier Heights – Ballard Neighbor, is tired of gun violence and she is doing something about it.  The recent lock-downs at two neighborhood schools, Ballard High School & Salmon Bay K-8, have parents asking how best to protect children.

Lisa is organizing a meet-up with Moms Demand Action, an activist group focused on common-sense, middle-ground solutions to the escalating problem of gun violence in America.  The event,  scheduled for Thursday, Jan 28th at 6:30 PM, will focus on helping neighbors understand what can be done to reduce this violence.

Interested in attending?  Please RSVP HERE. Once the meeting location is set, you will be contacted by phone with additional details.

About Moms Demand Action:  

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms and families to advocate for stronger gun laws.  Find out more HERE.

Fill the Truck Event to benefit Ballard Performing Arts

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Photo courtesy Seattle Public Schools

Closets need cleaning?  Get your box of donations together because this Saturday, January 9, is Ballard High School’s Fill The Truck event.  This event, which runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, is sponsored by the Ballard High School PTSA and Ballard Performing Arts will receive a donation of at least $500 from Goodwill.

Box or bag your unwanted items and drop them off at the Goodwill Truck located in the parking lot at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street.

They will accept clothing, linens, toys, books, puzzles, DVDs, housewares, small electronics, bikes, shoes, handbags, small furniture, and other accessories.

Sorry, but large furniture and mattresses cannot be accepted.