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Stepping Up Together: Help SAL Support Kids & Teachers

Seattle Arts & Lectures has the chance to provide critical support to kids and their teachers right now, and we need your help.

On Monday, April 6, Gov. Inslee announced that Washington state schools will not reopen this year. Teachers are scrambling to pull together online lessons so that kids can keep learning.

Will you please make a special gift of $64 to ensure that our Writers in the Schools program can provide teachers with engaging online writing lessons that meet state language arts standards, especially for schools serving many low-income families?

Yes, I will make a special gift

The WITS team reached out to over 150 local public school teachers last week to offer our help. The response was immediate and enthusiastic. One Seattle high school teacher wrote:

Thank you so much for all of your efforts. This all looks great. We are meeting as a department via Zoom this afternoon, and I will make sure everyone knows what WITS and SAL have to offer. I am truly impressed and sincerely grateful.

Your gift will keep our talented professional WITS writers on board through June 30 to help teachers meet the learning needs of the more than 5,500 kids we serve. And 40% of those students are from low-income families or in long-term stays at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

We’re offering these resources at no charge to schools so that they can move quickly to provide them to their students. But there are no extra dollars in our budget to meet this unexpected need.

Every dollar you give will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the SAL Board of Directors. They believe so deeply in the value of WITS that every single SAL Board member has stepped up to create a $32,000 Stepping Up Together Challenge Fund to ensure we can raise $64,000 by April 30. That means we need 500 gifts of $64 to meet their match!

Thank you for making your gift today and stepping up together with us to ensure our teachers are supported and that students can continue to discover the power of writing to make their voices heard.


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