The English Language Learners Department at Foster High School and the Tukwila School District Community Liaisons celebrated the accomplishments of our ELL students over this school year with performances food and awards.
The evening began with a book grab of free books for each child in attendance to promote summer reading among the students. Guled Ali, one of the many organizers of the diverse group said the Community Liaisons have been working in each of the district’s schools for many years. Ali said monthly gatherings like these are important to the families– many of whom are recent immigrants– to get resources and hard-to-come-by valuable help or even just basic information.
“That’s the need,” he said. “They always ask how they can help their kids. And bringing families together is always a good thing. So they feel comfortable coming into our buildings.”
Following the book giveaway student performances from those participating in the Narrative, Writing Project took the stage in the Foster High School Performing Arts Center. The students lead vignettes, narratives, and dances that they created. They told their poignant and sometimes sad stories through music, dance, and poetry. We saw their journey through their eyes and the experiences they endured during their journeys to the United States.
The evening culminated by honoring 10 award winners and a special send-off for their graduating English Language Learners. Congratulations to everyone.