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Auburn Public Schools Foundation

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Auburn Public Schools Foundation provides $10,000 for school programs in spring

"Six Auburn schools and thousands of students are benefiting this month from funding provided by the Auburn Public Schools Foundation.

The foundation funded three Turn the Page literacy grants totaling nearly $6,500. The grants are for upcoming projects at Lea Hill Elementary, Terminal Park Elementary, and West Auburn High School. These projects include upgrading the reading and writing curriculum materials available to the students there.

The language arts faculty at Auburn Mountainview High School received a $500 grant to enhance its Shakespeare unit for the incoming freshman class. The Seattle Shakespeare Company will visit the school next spring to conduct workshops as the classes study Romeo and Juliet.

Washington Elementary School was the recipient of more than $2,600 to purchase and install alternative seating options for its second-graders. These “wobble chairs” and other seating options have been shown to increase student focus by keeping them more physically engaged throughout the day.

The foundation also provided funding to several schools recently through the Pantry Project. Funded primarily through contributions from Hop Jack’s restaurant, the Pantry Project stocks participating schools with an on-hand supply of basic food, snack and hygiene materials for students in need.

Local residents can support the Pantry Project and at an upcoming fundraiser night at Hop Jack’s in Lakeland Hills from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Ten percent of all food and beverage sales during the fundraiser will go toward funding the Pantry Project..."

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2017 Restaurant Neighbor Award

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Hop Jacks “A Neighborhood Gathering Place”

"Hop Jack’s established the Hop Jack's Good Neighbor Fund to help neighbors and team members in need. The fund raised over $88,000 and donated the money to various cancer organizations including: the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to support breast cancer and prostate cancer patients; the American Heart Association; Relay for Life, supporting a vendors son in a car accident, a guests small child with brain cancer, and a variety of other local charities. Additionally, Hop Jack’s donates 25 cents from every Hop Jack's beer sold. In January 2017, Hop Jacks created a program called "Kids Feeding Kids” and through this program, 50 cents from every kid’s meal goes to support local school meal programs. Hop Jack’s also hires people with disabilities through Trillium, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with disabilities find employment."

"This Grandfather Bet His House That Burgers and Beer Will Never Go Out of Style"

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After decades as an executive in the restaurant business, Mark Eggen applied his expertise to his own chain of casual eateries.

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Hop Jack's owner Mark Eggen and family. CREDIT: Courtesy company

By Leigh Buchanan | Editor-at-large, Inc. magazine

"Hop Jack's is locally famous for its brews, burgers, and neighborhood feel. The company has 12 restaurants, with three more under construction, mostly around Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. It employs 800 people and does more than $30 million in annual sales. The casual-dining juggernaut is the creation of a first-time entrepreneur who found himself unemployed in his 50s.

Mark Eggen, 62, spent most of his life working for the Red Robin chain, where he learned two things: how to run restaurants and how to scale restaurants. Eggen would likely have been a Red Robin lifer had the company's IPO not required he relocate from Seattle to Denver. Unwilling to move while his kids were in high school, Eggen joined another company, from which he got fired.

Eggen next bought a pizza franchise and ran it for three years. But being a good franchiser did not make him a very good franchisee. "At that age and point in my experience, I did not like being told what to do," he says. "So eight years ago--I was 54--I came home and said, 'Honey, I have got just enough money left to open my own restaurant.'"

After selling the pizza restaurant back to the company, Eggen had $100,000 to invest in the new venture. He also applied to the bank that financed his franchise for a $500,000 loan. "They said, 'Yeah, if you put your house up,'" says Eggen. "I knew it was a risk, but I wanted to do it. If I was unsuccessful, I was going to have to work a lot longer. But I enjoy working."

Coming up with a concept was easy: Eggen knew bars and burgers. Having started his career running an individual Red Robin, he believed restaurants that reflect the personality and leadership of the general manager treat people better--and consequently perform better--than corporate-driven entities. So he positioned Hop Jack's as a cozy neighborhood gathering spot, but with the infrastructure to scale."

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Local Read Across America Day Activities

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"The 5th Annual Read Across America Community Celebration is set for Edmonds and Lynnwood next week. Occurring near the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2) and sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is focused on encouraging families to read together, and also raises funds locally for Edmonds School District libraries.

The fun starts Thurday, March 2 from 3-7 p.m. at Crossroads Center at 196th and Highway 99 in Lynnwood. There will be guest readers at Yogurtland, an “I’ve got a Thing for Reading” scavenger hunt starting at Great Clips, a balloon artist at Hop Jacks, carnival games at various locations in the shopping center, and photo opportunities with the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2.

Yogurtland is providing free yogurt for the first 100 students, and Hop Jacks is donating 20 percent of guest bills that evening to school libraries — just bring a Read Across America flyer. There will be adult goody bags available, and Smith Brothers Farms will be handing out free beverages."

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Hop Jack’s employees honor co-worker killed in Sammamish hit-and-run

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fundraising-radcliffeRestaurant raises $2,272 for Mo Radcliffe’s family

By Christina Corrales-Toy Feb 9, 2017

There’s a void in the kitchen at a popular Klahanie restaurant.

The Hop Jack’s staff is feeling incomplete, devastated and mournful after line cook Mo Radcliffe, 22, was run over and killed at Sammamish’s Beaver Lake Park ballfields Jan. 25.

Radcliffe, a Klahanie resident and Issaquah High School graduate, worked in the kitchen for less than a year, but the cook with a big smile left an impact on everyone in the restaurant.

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