Gerald Donaldson, a Family Support Worker at Leschi Elementary School, high fives students entering the school. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Want black male role models in our schools? Hire them as teachers.

There's a strikingly simple solution for the black student achievement gap in Seattle schools: recruit more black teachers.
Oct 13, 2016

Seattle teachers to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts, focus on racial equity

At least 1,000 educators throughout Seattle Public Schools will wear “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts to school on Wednesday.

Black community leaders show support for Seattle students — no matter what

While #SeattleHigh5 at one school was celebrated without a hitch, officials at another school seemed to back away from a show of support for black students.
Sep 17, 2016
Teddy McGlynn-Wright (left) showed up dressed to the nines to greet students. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

#SEATTLEHIGH5 @ Leschi Elementary

“Erasing the stigma, one high five at a time.” Hello All! Last year, a group of Black and POC folks gathered at Leschi Elementary School because we were inspired by a group of Black men who got together to greet and encourage children on their first day of school –>http://aplus.com/a/100-men-color-greet-kids-MLK-school-first-day. They did it because they […]
Sep 9, 2016
Seattle celebrates Black Lives Matter Friday

Photos: Seattle celebrates Black Lives Matter Friday

With the downtown shopping bonanza disrupted by protestors for the 2nd straight year, Seattle has a new day-after-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Lives Matter Friday
Nov 28, 2015
Gabriel Ray Pierre (left) high fives a student at Leschi Elementary School on Friday, as part of #SeattleHigh5. The event aimed to show children of color positive images of black men and women in their community. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Seattle high fives to celebrate Black lives

Why were Leschi Elementary students greeted with high fives as they arrived at school on Friday?
Sep 28, 2015