McMicken Elementary School wins $10K grant from Symetra and the Seahawks

McMicken Heights Elementary Receive Symetra Heroes 10th Anniversary Award

Alexandria Haas, Erica Castellon Hernandez and Superintendent Susan Enfield being presented with the Symetra Heroes 10th Anniversary Award check for $10,000. Pictured are (l to r): John Pleas, Seattle Seahawks Corporate Partnerships; Alexandria Haas, principal, McMicken Heights Elementary School; Erica Castellon Hernandez, bilingual paraeducator, McMicken Heights Elementary School; Susan Enfield, superintendent, Highline Public Schools; Mike Flood, Seattle Seahawks vice president, Community Relations and Special Projects; and Tracy Wort, assistant director, Symetra Community Relations.

Highline Public Schools attendees at Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Luncheon (4.29.16)

Highline Public Schools staff that attended the luncheon. They are pictured in the Verizon Lounge at CenturyLink Field, overlooking the field itself (l to r): Terri McMahan; Vicki Fisher; Erica Castellon Hernandez, Lori Box, Susan Enfield, Crystal Fresco, Alexandria Haas and Karin Jones.

What does a principal dream of doing with $10,000? Principal Alexandria Haas of McMicken Heights Elementary wants to fund math training and toolkits for families in a nearby apartment complex for whom English is a second language.

And now, she’ll get her wish thanks to a $10,000 grant from Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks.

The Symetra Heroes in the Classroom teacher-recognition program—a partnership between Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks—gave the award to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Haas was awarded the funding at a luncheon on Friday, April 29, at CenturyLink Field.

“I’m so excited to receive funding to ramp up our efforts to reach out to neighboring families with math tools and training,” said Haas. “Most importantly, we hope to form valuable partnerships with families, in order to help them support their students’ math achievement in powerful ways.”

Bridges to Student Success is a monthly program aimed at making academics and family support accessible to all students and families. It will allow families to meet with the principal, assistant principal, family engagement coordinator and teaching staff in the convenient location of the New Futures community room at Windsor Heights Apartments in SeaTac. This apartment complex is home to a significant number of students who are English Language Learners at McMicken.

Staff and interpreters will work with students and families to understand the math strategies being taught. Families will be given a Family Math Success toolkit to support learning at home. This program will begin in August to allow for a jumpstart prior to the beginning of the school year.

Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks also honored the 16 Puget Sound-area teachers who were recognized as Symetra Heroes in the Classroom during the 2015 NFL season, including two Highline Public Schools teachers:

Crystal Fresco—Chinook Middle School
Lori Box—Highline High School

Following lunch, the teachers and their district administrators received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. The festivities wrapped up in the Seahawks locker room, where each teacher was surprised with a “customized” locker complete with nameplate. Each teacher’s locker’s contents included a plaque commemorating his or her “Heroes” award and a copy of the April 29 edition of the Seattle Times, which featured a ¼-page ad saluting all 16 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipients.

Seahawks DB DeShawn Shead was a surprise guest, joining the teachers, principals and guests in the players’ locker room and sharing some personal stories on the important role teachers played in his life.


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