As we come to the close of this calendar year, I want to reflect on the hundreds of people who give their talents, time, and treasure to ensure that Tukwila is a great school district.
All families have the same desires: to work in living-wage jobs, to make sure that their children get a good education and that all members of the family become active, positive contributors to our community. Every parent wants for their children what I wish for my own: the highest quality education.
The parents and family members I meet ask me how they can best support their children to be successful.
Parent engagement is a top priority. This year we are asking families what they are interested in knowing and being able to do to support their scholars. We will create and offer workshops based on that input.
I am very grateful to all TSD staff members – from our certificated and classified staff, our bus drivers who greet our scholars daily to nutrition services and maintenance staff. You make a positive difference every day for our scholars.
Our students and our staff are blessed by the community that surrounds us. Community members contribute in many ways, not just once or twice, but on an ongoing basis. Thank you.
I would particularly like to thank our city. Mayor Allan Ekberg and the city of Tukwila are devoted partners. In November, the mayor and City Council members hosted a delegation of Foster High School students to hear concerns in the wake of the recent election. The students articulated the vision that they see for our community and will provide on-going input to the mayor and council, who listened with concern and open hearts.
Tukwila Fire and Police departments spearheaded the third annual Operation Warm in October. They donated enough coats to provide warmth for all kindergarten students. I am so proud to be part of a community that demonstrated this generosity.
Many community members came together Nov. 19 for our Stuff the Bus campaign. This campaign provides food for our homeless students through the fabulous work of Jenny McCoy, the executive director of Stillwaters, a nonprofit organization that on a weekly basis provides food for the weekend for close to 100 of our students. More than 1,600 pounds of food was donated
Our next Stuff the Bus campaign will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Saars, 3725 S. 144th St., Tukwila.
Clothes Are Really Expensive (CARE) nights are an annual tradition where schools collect warm clothing and other gently used items and invite families to “shop” for what they need. This year we had employees from Supercuts volunteer to give free haircuts to our scholars.
Inspirus Credit Union is yet another organization that deserves recognition. Inspirus presented Jonathan Houston, our McKinney-Vento coordinator, with a check for $1,500 to support our homeless families.
Rotary International Clubs are all about service, and they have traditionally supported schools with dictionaries and donations. Most recently the Rotary Club of Duwamish Southside gifted the Tukwila Elementary library with $500.
As I look back over 2016, my heart fills with pride for our students, respect for our families and great gratitude to our staff and our community. Have a wonderful, restful end of 2016. As we move into 2017, let’s find joy in everything we do and be most gracious and kind to those we serve.
Tukwila School Superintendent Nancy Coogan can be reached at 206-901-8006 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.