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Honoring Rosa Parks on the Day of Her Birth

Did you know that there are two celebrations of Rosa Parks each year? This one is the first, which is celebrated in both California and Missouri, on the date of her birth, February 4. The second Rosa Parks Day is observed on December 1, the anniversary of the date of her quiet rebellion and arrest.

Parks was certainly a woman who deserved to be celebrated twice a year, as many consider her courage to have directly sparked the Civil Rights movement.

On December 1, 1955, Parks, a Black woman in Montgomery, Alabama, quietly refused to relinquish her seat on the bus to another white passenger, breaking the Alabama law of the time that required Black passengers to do so. Parks was arrested for the act, setting off a massive 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system by thousands—and directly leading to a 1956 Supreme Court decision that banned segregation on public transportation, and even more importantly, to the rise of an eloquent and passionate young preacher who joined in those boycotts and the outcry for justice—Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Rosa Parks passed away at the age of ninety-two on October 24, 2005. On October 30, she became the first woman to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. As we honor her memory and achievements, let us also use her inspiration to act and speak out whenever we encounter racism or hate.

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Deafblind Awareness Week  —  June 23–30

Deafblind Awareness Week is marked each year during the last week of June in honor of Helen Keller’s birthday on June 27, and first commemorated by President Ronald Reagan. Helen overcame the loss of her sight and hearing in early infancy to become a celebrated representative of the deafblind community and its potential during her lifetime. This year, Deafblind Awareness Week will be observed from June 23 to June 30.

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Juneteenth (Tukwila)

Juneteenth is an occasion for contemplation and remembrance, as well as a time for joyous celebration. To honor the legacy of Juneteenth, there are a terrific variety of events taking place across Puget Sound, with something for everyone in 2024—celebrations ranging from civic events to musical concerts, fairs and farmer’s markets, museum exhibitions, story readings for children, and more, and we've assembled this useful guide for your convenience!

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The D-Day

On D-Day—June 6, 1944—more than 156,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, in Nazi-occupied France, to take part in the largest and most daring invasion by air, land, and sea in world history.

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Honoring National Higher Education Day

The Higher Education Act was originally signed in 1965 and was federally created to improve U.S. educational institutions’ higher education programs, and to offer financial help to students unable to afford their college fees.

This goal has continued to be a vital one for many, including Izamar Olaguez and Marcie Hronis, who founded National Higher Education Day in 2015. The day has been celebrated ever since on June 6 by students, parents, teachers, and more, as a movement to inspire students to pursue higher education while also working to make college fees accessible for everyone.

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride in June

June means it’s time for Pride! Time to proudly support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month), which takes place in June to commemorate the events of June 1969, when supporters of the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City, rose up to protest police persecution and harassment against LGBTQ people. The uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw laws and practices that discriminated against LGBTQ Americans.

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PSESD Announces Kim Broomer as PSESD Regional Teacher of the Year and Julie Herdt as Classified School Employee of the Year!

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is thrilled to announce Kim Broomer from the Northshore School District as its Regional Teacher of the Year, and is also delighted to announce Julie Herdt of Tukwila School District as Classified School Employee of the Year!

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It's Never Too Late for Financial Aid: Support the Push for FAFSA Completion!

The Washington Student Achievement Council is asking for our support in messaging to high school seniors and their families the importance of completing the FAFSA/WAFSA. 

The only way to qualify for financial aid for college or career training is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)—or in limited cases, the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid).

We know how vital and important this message is, so we're sharing the original message from Chris Reykdal, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, below in its entirety. There's still time to apply for financial aid—so check out the information below for further links, opportunities, plus instructions on how to do it.

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Latino Books Month

Promoting books by Latino/a/x authors and illustrators, Latino Books Month was founded by Rhode Island Latino Arts as a valuable opportunity to explore and celebrate Latino literature and to explore bilingual titles. The day encourages booksellers, librarians, and teachers to promote books by and for Latino people while also inspiring readers to explore the beauty of Latinx literature.

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