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    Join us for the Seattle Pride Parade
    Posted on 06/19/2018
    District flag pole with pride flags along side state and national flags

    June is LGBTQ Pride Month

    Join us on June 24 to march in the Seattle Pride Parade. All are welcome to march with Seattle Public Schools staff and families in the parade beginning at 11 a.m. Look for the school bus in the staging area along 4th Ave. between University and Seneca. You can march alongside the bus, ride the bus, toss candy to the crowd, and enjoy the festivities. All are welcome! For more information, call Lisa at 206-252-0982. Read more about our participation in the Seattle Pride Parade.

    On the morning of June 1, staff, students, families and community members joined Seattle School Board President Leslie Harris and Board Director Zachary DeWolf, along with Clover Codd, assistant superintendent of human resources, to raise the LGBTQ and Transgender Pride flags at the John Stanford Center. The crowd gathered in the midst of morning commute traffic and construction noise to celebrate and kickoff the month of Pride.

    Board President Leslie Harris spoke about the importance of fostering diversity of backgrounds and celebrating the story of every student that comes into the care of the district. Staff and community gather for a photo at flag raisingThe district and the school board share an important responsibility of ensure our young scholars are prepared to be members of an inclusive global society. Board Director Zachary DeWolf shared his personal experience of being seen and accepted by teachers growing up as an LGBTQ youth in a small town. Clover Codd shared the district’s commitment to ensuring staff feel welcome and valued and in turn create a welcoming environment for our students.

    Most importantly, the audience heard from a young person, Luna, a 6th grader in Seattle Public Schools. She told the crowd about how important it is to feel not only accepted, but valued and loved in schools. She reminded us that we still have a long way to go to make sure all of our staff and curriculum are inclusive, but how proud she was to be a part of a school district that is committed to inclusion.

    Seattle Public Schools strives to create welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments for every member of our community. Respecting the lived experience of our students and educational staff is part of that promise. Students and staff should be comfortable bringing their whole selves to school every day. The flag-raising event honors and celebrates the LGTBQ members of our community, and those who paved the way for progress. Schools have not always supported LGBTQ youth well or at all, this event serves as a visual symbol representing the commitment to the district’s work to create identity-safe, inclusive environments. This is the first time the Pride flags have been officially raised from the district building and will be flown during the month of June.