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    El Centro de la Raza Recognized for Great Work!
    Posted on 09/21/2017
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    Gracias El Centro de la Raza! 

    Seattle Public Schools (SPS) recognized El Centro de la Raza during Wednesday’s School Board meeting for their decades-long partnership and dedication to student success. Board directors and Superintendent Larry Nyland presented members of El Centro de la Raza staff with a commemorative plaque and the respect and appreciation of the thousands of staff, students, and families they serve.

    Since 1972, El Centro de la Raza has been dedicated to addressing racial and economic achievement gaps and, in turn, helping SPS eliminate opportunity gaps and create identity safe places in schools. Together we are working to ensure students see themselves and their culture represented in every hallway and every classroom. 

    “For the past 20 years, El Centro de la Raza and Seattle Public Schools have served about 15,000 Latino youth,” said El Centro de la Raza Human Services Director, Denise Pérez Lally, said during the Board’s recognition. “Youth are critical to our community and our partnership is critical to ensure they have the support that they need for success.”

    El Centro de la Raza bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff mentor more than 500 students at Chief Sealth High, Ballard High and Denny Int’l Middle Schools to provide academic and educational supports. Because of El Centro’s hard work, SPS students are thriving in school and in life.

    Thank you El Centro de la Raza for all that you do!

    Here is more information about El Centro de la Raza.

    Here is more information on the district’s strategies to eliminate opportunity gaps.