YSD Stories

  • Multilingual Students Donate Over 3,747 Meals To YWCA

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/16/2021

    Imagine Learning recognizes all of the multilingual students of Yakima School District who completed over 400,000 minutes of reading in Imagine Language and Literacy to support community members through YWCA Yakima. With the number of minutes spent on the program, multilingual students helped to donate over 3,747 meals!

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    From November 1 through December 10, multilingual students within Yakima School District have been trying to log as many minutes as possible within Imagine Language and Literacy. The minutes spent in the program equivalate to meals for community members. This initiative called “Minutes 4 Meals” drastically increased student motivation. We saw schools increase their average program usage time and student achievement scores are also on the rise.

    Hoover, Garfield, and Ridgeview Elementary schools were the top program users in the district.

    This incentive program was made possible by many members of Yakima School District, YWCA Yakima, and Imagine Learning. This wouldn’t have been made possible without the support of Thalia Garcia, Brandice Alejo, and ELD staff.

    Today, Superintendent Greene, YWCA Yakima Executive Director Cheri Kilty, and Director of Development and Outreach Lisa Kapuza, accepted a check and donated over 3,747 meals to children at the YWCA Yakima on behalf of our students.

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  • Garfield Elementary Students Share About Who They Most Respect

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/7/2021

    At Garfield Elementary School, Mrs. Temple’s class did an activity where students shared who they respect and why. Check out some of the wonderful responses and insights they shared. 

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  • Students at Garfield Elementary Paint Decorative Rocks

    Posted by Heidi Rikard on 11/22/2021

    This year, one of the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominees is called Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour. Lubna and her father are refugees and when they arrive in the refugee camp, Lubna clings tightly to the pebble she found on the beach when they made it to their new, temporary home. Lubna paints a face on the pebble and it soon becomes her best friend. When she and her father are able to leave the camp and be resettled, she knows the right thing to do is to pass Pebble on to another little boy in the camp. As the story ends, the new owner of Pebble is happy to have a friend and we know he will take great care of it. 

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    After the librarian, Ms. Rikard, read the story to the students, she told them of her idea for them to paint their own rocks, just like Lubna does in the story. When finished, students could keep their rock, give it to someone they care about, donate it to Garfield to be used outside in the landscaping, or to donate their rock to a real refugee child living in a camp. So, after securing a donation of rocks from Soracco Landscaping Materials, Ms. Rikard filled up two buckets, washed all the rocks and prepared to paint. Students took two weeks to finish their rocks and the end results are unique and inspired. Students learned a valuable lesson about how fortunate they are to have even the little things...like real friends to play with and a school and a playground...all the things Lubna did not have in the refugee camp. During this thankful season, they had a little time to reflect on their blessings and give back to someone else as well. 

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