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Stories of Arrival

Stories of Arrival

We partnered with Tukwila School District’s Foster High School to bring the Stories of Arrival to our Seattle branch. This program is currently featured in our community wall through March 2016. Stop by our Seattle branch to see the Stories of Arrival!

What are the Stories of Arrival?

Stories of Arrival is a program at Foster High School in Tukwila that gives high-school students the opportunity to express themselves through poetry. Learning through poetry allows them to get individual mentoring toward improving English writing and speaking skills, while telling stories of their past. Students create and write stories about their harrowing journeys to the United States. These narratives honor the individual character and cultural identities of classmates.

Poem Recordings:

Foster High School believes that voices are at the heart of the Stories of Arrival project. After each student’s piece is written and perfected, the group visits Jack Straw Cultural Center in downtown Seattle to record their poems. Throughout the month of April, the recorded poems are played on various Seattle radio stations, giving these teens and their work a voice, and a place in our community.

Future of the Program:

This is the seventh year of the Stories of Arrival project at the Tukwila School District. Foster High School hopes to continue the program for years to come and provide more growth and learning opportunities for their students.

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