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Thank a Teacher as We Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teachers are some of the most important figures in our daily lives, yet they are too often  underappreciated. Happily, this week, May 8–12, is Teacher Appreciation Week, providing all of us with the chance to celebrate teachers as they deserve!

This week, please take a moment to thank the incredible educators who have helped to change, inspire, and enrich your life. It’s a terrific opportunity to celebrate those who have taught you and your children or loved ones, and who have helped to change your lives.

Find more inspiration on how to thank teachers, including useful links for activities, in our Medium post here!

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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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