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SEATTLE WORLD SCHOOL FUND NEEDS YOU

Support immigrant and refugee students at Seattle World School.

 

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.

 
 

During the school closure due to COVID, many families in the SWS community have struggled to stay safe and housed. Shortly after school closed, the father of Amilcar, one of our students, was admitted to the hospital with COVID.


In addition to supporting his son's studies, he also is the guardian of another young man who is also a student at Seattle World School. Both students are kind, positive, and hard-working members of the school community. During his three-month hospitalization, they had no way to pay for rent and other necessities, and SWS Fund was able to provide support that enabled Amilcar to focus on communicating with the hospital and his family in Guatemala.

We hope to continue supporting them through his father's recovery so that Amilcar can return to school and his father has the support he needs to regain his health. 

A message from Amilcar:

"Gracias por su ayuda de verdad me están ayudando bastante la agradezco mucho lo que están haciendo por mi. Gracias, que Dios le bendiga."

"Thank you for your help. You are helping me so much and I am grateful for what you are doing for me. Thank you, God bless you."

Anna Ruby,
Seattle World School instructional aide

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.

 
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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.

 
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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 Tax ID number for SWS Fund is 82-1252726.

 

DONATE ONLINE

Make a donation of any amount today via PayPal by simply clicking the donate button below.

SEND A CHECK

You can donate by sending a check to:
SWS Fund
5155 54th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

AMAZON SMILE

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. 

 
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THANK YOU TO OUR FAMILY FOUNDATIONS & MATCHING GRANTORS

Norcliffe Foundation

Glaser Foundation

Bobrow/Tanabe Family Foundation

Chabot Family Foundation

Beacon Hill PTA

Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund

 

THE LIFE OF A SEATTLE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER DURING CORONAVIRUS: A HOSPITAL TRIP AND A RACING HEART

May 1, 2020

PURSUING THE AMERICAN DREAM AT A SCHOOL FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS

June 9, 2017

 

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.

Kathryn Kelsey 
Science Department, Seattle World School

 

The founding directors and officers of the SWS Fund are Joyce Bamberger, a retired lawyer and teacher, Dan Hensley, a retired judge, and Matt Jamin, a retired federal magistrate and lawyer. All volunteer in the classrooms at SWS.


Also directors are a parent, Emma Moreno, and community volunteers Timothy Parent, Maria Rameriz and Gayne Sanchez, and three of the great SWS teachers, David Couture, Math, Michael McNaul, Social Studies, and Lori Leberer, Art.

If you are interested in joining our Board please contact Joyce Bamberger at info@swsfund.org.

 

SWS Fund

206-403-8797


5155 54th Ave S.

Seattle, Washington 98118

EIN: 82-1252726

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