Students arriving to school in Tukwila on Feb. 10 were greeted by district staff, city officials and community members – many holding signs showing their support for the city’s scholars.
The idea for the district’s first Stand Up for Students came about after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in late January blocking refugees and citizens of seven countries from entering the United States, Superintendent Nancy Coogan said.
The city of Tukwila has a large immigrant and refugee population, including many of the school district’s 3,000 students. Collectively, students in the district speak more than 80 languages.
“We will continues to support our community with the utmost love and respect they deserve,” Coogan said. Community members and city and school officials were on hand at each of the district’s five schools to show their support.
On Feb. 8, the school district hosted an Immigration Rights Workshop to supply immigrants, refugees and their advocates with information and connect them to local resources.
The school district is planning an event to celebrate the community’s diversity at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Showalter Middle School, 4628 S. 144th St. The free celebration will feature singing, dancing and food highlighting cultures represented in Tukwila.
“We are creating an environment that is so positive, because there are so many hearts that are hurting right now,” Coogan said.