2 Big Picture students putting on Poetry Slam fundraiser for Somali kids Friday
Two students from Burien’s Big Picture High School will be putting on a Poetry Slam fundraiser for Somali kids this Friday, May 2 at the Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Ave SW.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the slam starts at 7 p.m.
There will be two rounds of slammers, then an open mic, followed by final rounds.
A donation of $5 is being asked, and all funds will be donated to a community center in Hargeisa, Somalia.
“We are trying to help the Somali children,” said Organizer Britni Mayfield. “More specifically the money will be put towards building on to a community center. Our goal is to raise $1,000 dollars. Which is a HUGE goal! But we won’t rest until it’s reached!”
Britni is a student at Burien’s Big Picture High School, and is working closely with Asia Abshir on this fundraiser.
“She is familiar with Somalia, and we wanted to come up with an idea to help the place she calls home,” Britni said. “Starting with the children, the children lack adequate shelter, healthcare, education, protection and guidance. Drug abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse and many play part in activities such as pick-pocketing to cover drug costs and so much more. There is a lot we have that they don’t so we really want to be a part of making a change.”
“Poetry is very popular in the Somali culture. I, myself, am a poet and so is Asia. So we thought, what better way to fundraise than to host a multicultural slam? A variety of poets from the area will be slamming and performing open mic. We want a very diverse crowd! We are really excited to do this.”