Two notes from Chief Sealth International High School this afternoon: First, the school’s new sign along SW Thistle is finally complete. Its illuminated top section was activated some weeks back, but the section beneath it didn’t get the school name back until today – Steve Wiseman of American Marketing is in our photo, helping finish the job.
Second story: You might remember the saga of student Molly Freed and teacher Noah Zeichner, traveling to Aspen for the Ideas Festival last year – the photo at right is from the WSB story about their trip. Molly was required to follow up by creating her own Ideas Festival at CSIHS – and now it’s set. Her teacher has sent word of the first annual World Water Week at Sealth, March 21-25, which they are organizing in collaboration with 50 other CSIHS students and teachers: “World Water Week will promote understanding of the relationship between members of our local community with water here and around the world, with the emphasis on improving that relationship through conservation and local action addressing equal access for all global citizens.” Here’s the official website. Five days of speakers and workshops for students, teachers, and community members are planned, including a big public event on the first day, with keynote speaker Robert Glennon, author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It.” They’re also expecting participation from U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and a blessing from the Duwamish Tribe. The week will culminate on Friday 3/25 with no regular classes – instead, students will participate in activities including a water-carrying walk; Zeichner explains, “We will be simulating what over a billion people do every day to gather fresh water for their families” – also tied to a monthlong fundraiser for Water 1st International.