You can’t change the previous. But you possibly can actually attempt to proper its wrongs, to work for a greater future.
That’s the concept behind the West Seattle Public School Equity Fund, based by (L-R above) Andrea Dimond, Kristen Corning Bedford, and Shannon Woodard. We talked with them final night time at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, throughout a celebration of the WSPSEF’s first yr.
For starters, it’s about “fundshifting” – equitably distributing neighborhood contributions in order that the richer colleges don’t hold getting richer whereas the not-so-well-off colleges hold scraping.
Where the previous is available in is what the founders found after they examined the world’s “redlining” map from the Thirties (see it right here) – what are actually Title I colleges, with the best share of scholars from low-income households, are within the “redlined” areas. So the historic inequities proceed self-perpetuating. The WSPSEF founders hope to disrupt that, within the curiosity of weaving collectively all of West Seattle’s neighborhoods and faculty communities, to help the whole peninsula as one neighborhood.
During this faculty yr – with lessons ending right now – they’ve already raised $20,000, and can be “fundshifting” that to 5 elementary colleges – Concord International, Highland Park, Roxhill, Sanislo, and West Seattle.
For yr two and past, they hope to get extra participation, and in addition to broaden the scope past cash. The preliminary collaborations, they are saying, have already began to interrupt down the silos of particular person colleges’ help communities, to find synergies and shared challenges. In all, they need to “advocate for all students” in West Seattle.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED: If you’re a member of a West Seattle elementary or Okay-8 faculty neighborhood that’s not already concerned with the WSPSEF, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak together with your faculty PTA/PTSA. If you’d merely wish to donate, you possibly can ship a test to the West Seattle Public School Equity Fund through its fiscal sponsor, DNDA (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106).