On May 19, Bellingham Public Schools hosted the Fifth Annual Latinx Education Summit at Bellingham High School. Last year more than 750 people attended the summit which included families, students, staff, as well as many community members. This year 970 people attended the event.
“I can’t believe this was our fifth year celebrating our Latinx culture!” said Executive Director of Family Engagement Isabel Meaker. “We are so grateful for the incredible contribution of our Latinx students and their families here in Bellingham.”
Like in past years, the event included a full Mexican meal, entertainment, celebration of graduating seniors and a keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker was Judge Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez of the Washington Court of Appeals – Division I, District 3.
“To say that we are proud of our Latinx students and the work Bellingham Public Schools has done to foster their success is an understatement,” Meaker said. “The five-year graduation rates of our Latinx students have risen a full 20 percent since 2011! This year we have 80 Latinx seniors graduating from high school.”
Meaker said almost all of these graduating seniors will be attending post-secondary schools next year. For the third year in a row and with support from the community, six students were awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.The scholarships were sponsored by McDonalds, Bellingham Cold Storage, Jeanne Koruga and family, Pam Clifford and Lorrie Web, Elie Samuel and family, and the La Gloria Market. Scholarship recipients were: Bellingham seniors Marisol Avila, Emilyn Garfias and Mayra Aguilera; Squalicum seniors Nayeli Rosas and and Rolando Gonzalez; and Sehome senior Michelle Colman.