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    Thurgood Marshall Students’ ‘Wishtree’ Spreads Love and Hope
    Posted on 04/20/2018
    Wishtree author Katherine Applegate reads notes from the wishtree.

    Thurgood Marshall Students’ ‘Wishtree’ Spreads Love and Hope

    “I wish for peace for all.” “I wish for community cleanup.” “My wish is for more kindness in the world.” Strolling past Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, the gleam of hundreds of colorful, handwritten notes on ribbons carrying messages of hope and love across the campus catches your eyes.

    After having a school-wide read-aloud of Katherine Applegate’s book “Wishtree,” a story about how a community responds with love after “leave” is carved into a tree when a Muslim family moves into the neighborhood, the entire Thurgood Marshall school community came together to promote peace and hope through written messages displayed around the school.

    The wishtree at Thurgood MarshalOn March 29, the school held their annual Community Night, an event in which hundreds of students and their families come together to share cultures through food and student projects. This year, students joined their families and community in writing and hanging their wishes on a tree in front of the school.

    As a special treat, “Wishtree” author, Katherine Applegate, visited Thurgood Marshall Elementary on April 5. She spoke to students about the importance of compassion and respect for all. She is pictured above reading one of the notes.

    “We want every one of our students – and their families – to feel safe and supported when they enter our school,” says Principal Katherine May. “Our students have stepped up to think about how they can take care of each other. We see examples of this each day.”

    The Wishtree at Thurgood Marshall school community exemplifies how Seattle Public Schools is guided by the belief that all schools should be the heart of our communities, be welcoming to all students and families and provide a healthy context for growth and learning.

    Seattle Public Schools is actively working to ensure our schools are safe and welcoming learning environments for every student.

    Read more about Thurgood Marshall Elementary.

    Photos courtesy of Sarah D. King.