CORONAVIRUS IMPACT UPDATES
SWS Fund is currently seeking computers, Safeway gift cards, and funds to help with rent, utilities and technology that can make a tremendous impact to our students' lives during these difficult times.
The pandemic has hit the students at Seattle World School especially hard. Most students are immigrants who qualify for the district reduced or free lunch program. We have joined with a sister organization Kandelia (formerly VFA) to reach out to needy students who lost jobs and cannot pay for food, rent or utilities.
The Seattle Times' coverage of a SWS social worker's experience supporting our students during the pandemic highlights where and how the funds can make an immediate impact right now.
A big thank you, to all who have answered our call for help! A special thanks for the generous grant from the Washington State Student and Youth Homeless COVID-19 Response Fund. With your ongoing support, we continue to do what we can.
WHO WE ARE
SWS Fund—a non-profit charitable corporation—supports the students, teachers and curriculum at Seattle World School.
Seattle World School offers immigrant and refugee middle and high school students English Language Learning classes in science, math, social studies, music, art, drama and English. Unlike other Seattle public schools, it has no PTA. SWS Fund hopes to fill this gap to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for those in our community who need it most.
WHAT WE DO
Since its incorporation in 2017, SWS Fund has raised almost $50,000 annually and has used those funds to purchase:
Technology for the classrooms, so students have individual access to iPads or laptops
Library books, art supplies, music instruments, cameras, physical education equipment
Field trips to the Seattle Center and museums
Science and leadership camps
Robotics equipment for the school club
Basic supplies including paper, pencils, staplers, file folders, markers, notebooks, room fans and heaters.
We also give each teacher a $500 stipend to buy materials for their classroom.
AT SWS, STUDENTS LEARN ENGLISH, MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND GAIN CONFIDENCE TO ADVANCE THEIR EDUCATION.
Seattle World School is a Title I middle and high school within the Seattle School District. SWS has approximately 350 students; all require bilingual education and 96% qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. As a newcomer school, its students come to SWS from all over the world: Kenya, the Congo, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Korea, Vietnam, El Salvador, Eritrea, Palestine. Our students represent 34 countries, speaking 36 languages.
Students at the Seattle World School learn English while developing skills in science and sports in order to adapt to new challenges. In their college application essays, SWS students wrote about how the school helped them transition to their new lives. So many come here leaving family behind.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The Seattle school district funds the SWS students at the same level as other public school students. Education experts agree that students with limited English proficiency face many more challenges when enrolled in American schools. In addition to the language barrier, many lack basic school skills and face economic and emotional transition issues.
The students at the World School do not have access to the financial resources other Seattle schools have. Not all even have parents here and those who do don't work for technology companies offering matching grants.
To bridge this gap, we formed the SWS Fund. Your donations to the SWS Fund can help meet the extra and ongoing needs these students require to succeed.
MAKE A DONATION, CHANGE OUR COMMUNITY
We wouldn’t be able to run SWS Fund without the generous contributions from donors like you. Your support has the power to immediately make a difference in someone’s life.
The 2020 CARES act increased the deductibility of charitable donations. Under the standard deduction, you can deduct an additional $300 for donations to charity. If you itemize deductions, the 60% of Adjusted Gross Income limitation is raised to 100% AGI for charitable donations. For complete information, contact your tax advisor.
The Tax ID number for SWS Fund is 82-1252726.
SEND A CHECK
You can donate by sending a check to:
5155 54th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases to the SWS Fund at no cost to you, when you designate us as your charity of choice using the link below.
Donations like yours have funded laptops, iPads, books, Kindles, field trips, basic classroom supplies, robotics equipment, art supplies, calculators, music supplies and instruments.
We look forward to funding curriculum development, field trips, learning gardens, sports dteams, dictionaries and reading materials, cultural exchanges and much more.
THANK YOU TO OUR FAMILY FOUNDATIONS & MATCHING GRANTORS
Bobrow/Tanabe Family Foundation
Chabot Family Foundation
Beacon Hill PTA
Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund
Resiliency and courage are the first two words that come to mind when I think of Seattle World School students. They are all very anxious about their first day of school in a new school, in a new city, and with a new language. After 4 or more years of hard work and lots of love and encouragement from staff, our students graduate, ready to move on to college or some kind of technical school. They are, in short, AMAZING!
I was fortunate to get to know one young woman from Korea while she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in my classes over 2 years. She worked very hard in all of her classes and earned very high grades. Her passion, however, was for art. In art, she sought out any opportunity to make posters for teachers, to become a Teaching Assistant in art classes, and to enter an Adobe competition in which her work earned high praise. Following 2 years at Seattle World School, she transferred to Ingraham High School and graduated 2 years later. During this time, her father accepted a job in southern California, and she did not wish to change schools, change states, and have to take California’s standardized tests required to graduate. She spent her senior year living with my family. We supported her as she tackled general ed classes while continuing to improve her English language skills, particularly in reading and writing. After graduating from Ingraham, she enrolled at North Seattle College and received her AA in two years. Currently, she is working part-time while enrolled in a distance-learning degree program to get a bachelor’s in graphic design. Resiliency and courage, along with support from her family and teachers, have helped her achieve so much in such a short time. I am grateful to have been her teacher and friend.