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SHA students celebrated


SHA students celebrated

From left to right: Liban (Graduate), Saadia Hamid (Education Engagement Specialist) and Osman (Graduate)

SHA’s Education Engagement Specialist, Saadia Hamid, works closely with Yesler families, as children move from elementary school through high school. In 2018, a cohort of 11 students, who Saadia had worked with for several years, all graduated from high school and were college-bound.

Six of the students participated in Running Start and received Associated Arts degrees from Seattle Colleges, in addition to their high school diplomas. Their achievements far exceed the average matriculation rate for all students in Seattle Public Schools, regardless of income.

The success of these accomplished graduates was recognized at a Choice Neighborhood Education Initiative “End of grant celebration luncheon” at Seattle University on January 30. SHA staff joined Choice Neighborhood partners from SU, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and other organizations to reflect on their collaborative impact and make a commitment to continue working together on education initiatives.

Andrew Lofton, SHA Executive Director and Father Stephen Sundborg, SU President, honored the Yesler graduates and each student received a new laptop to help them with their college studies.