Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie retired Thursday.
We will miss him.
Not only was Lance a prolific and persuasive writer throughout his 26 years at the paper, his volunteerism and sense of compassion was the inspiration for the newspaper’s annual school-supply drive. Since 1999, this community effort has spared thousands of children the embarrassment of going to school without a backpack like their peers.
The board published this week’s appeal to readers in Lance’s honor:
“Like Thomas Jefferson, the patron spirit of The Times’ annual school supplies campaign, Lance Dickie believed the cost of uneducated children was much greater than a good education,” said Sue Sherbrooke, the YWCA’s chief executive.
Too many people talk about education as the great equalizer. Lance actually did something. You can too.
Between 1999 and 2013, the campaign raised more than $562,000. For the first time, the board is continuing this summer’s effort without Lance at the helm.
A round of checks went out this week to Hopelink, YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County and the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.With your help, the newspaper hopes to continue Lance’s legacy of helping children access the tools of learning.
To give online, visit seati.ms/edschoolsupplies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. If you prefer to write a check, please send those to The Seattle Times School Supply Drive, P.O. Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111.