WE Day 2018
Over 400 scholars from Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) were among the approximately 16,000 in attendance at WE Day Seattle 2018. WE Day Seattle is an inspirational event full of unforgettable performances and motivational speeches meant to inspire youth to continue taking action on issues such as education, poverty, bullying and to keep striving for positive outcomes for themselves and others.
Students earn tickets to WE Day by taking action on local and global causes. The elementary, middle and high school FWPS scholars who attended earned tickets by leading efforts such as the WE Scare Hunger food drive held at Town Square Park on Halloween, creating care packages for the homeless and cards for the elderly at Christmas time, and raising over $800 to buy chickens and goats for families in Buliisa, Uganda.
World-renowned speakers and celebrities such as Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, Ann Curry, Ciara and Jewell Loyd were among those who participated in this year’s celebration of scholars’ volunteer efforts. FWPS’ very own superintendent, Dr. Tammy Campbell, headlined the event.
WE Day is more than a one-day event; it’s connected to the yearlong WE Schools program that offers educational campaigns and resources to help young people turn ideas into continued action.
“A relentless focus at Federal Way Public Schools is impactful learning and leading students to create change,” said Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS superintendent. “That’s what WE Schools Program and WE Day has provided for our scholars: ways to make a sustained difference locally, and globally.”
The WE Schools program is in direct support of FWPS’ strategic plan Goal 2, Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible, Individuals which includes completing 24 hours of community service before graduation beginning with the class of 2021. During the 2016–17 school year, 94 percent of educators said their students felt a greater connection to their local communities and 81 percent said the program engaged previously disengaged youth.
A scholar from Twin Lakes Elementary shared thoughts about what they learned from WE Schools and WE Day.
“What I have learned is that we can make a change. We can make this world a better place. I have also learned we can help the kids and people who need food, medicine, or anything else, because WE care!”