VIEW FROM DENNY PARK
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 48. April 7, 2004
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
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Join Mayor Greg Nickels tomorrow for the
2004 Families and Education Levy announcement
I am pleased to invite you to the formal announcement of the Mayors
proposal for the 2004 Families and Education Levy. The announcement will
take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at Tiny Tots, 8302
½ Renton Avenue S, Seattle.
We all understand that there is a growing need to prepare children more
thoroughly for academic success. Today in Seattle, only two out of three
students graduate from high school. Children of color from low-income
families fare even worse compared to the rest of Seattles youth:
fewer than half of them graduate.
The Mayors proposal brings the change we need for Seattles
children and families; it focuses on closing the achievement gap by making
sure that every child has an opportunity to succeed in school.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has been an enthusiastic provider of services
funded by the levy since voters first approved it in 1990. They include
the After School Activities Program (ASAP), a partnership with Seattle
Public Schools that provides fun, healthy, and safe activities for every
middle school student, and the Community Learning Centers that position
middle schools as the focal points of their communities, where people
can find a rich array of community-driven learning resources for students,
families, and the broader community.
The Mayors proposal will fund:
- Early learning
- Out of school time
- Support for high-risk middle and high school age youth
- Student health services
- Family involvement and family support
To learn more about the 2004 Families and Education Levy, please visit
I will be in touch soon.