As Seattle’s Key Arena filled with speakers and performers, the venue also packed with thousands of students striving to make a difference in their communities. Students from Nooksack Valley Middle School were right in the mix.
Recently the middle school’s Leadership Academy class participated in WE Day, a celebration of students committed to make a difference in their communities. “Our students earned their way to the event through acts of service and different activities and events they were involved in throughout the school year,” says Maria Sanford, NVMS attendance secretary and ASB advisor.
The students heard from a litany of speakers, including Ann Curry, Esera Tuolo, Lizzia Velazquez, Rasheda Ali, Spencer West and Becky Savage, as well as a mix of students from around the state. The speakers shared personal stories and spoke about empathy, inclusivity, diversity, making a difference, choosing kindness and being proud of who you are. “There were so many inspiring and relatable topics for our students,” Sanford says.
Guest appearances by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and his wife Ciara, coach Pete Carroll and Seahawk Doug Baldwin, Seattle Storm WNBA players and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez went along with Jacob Tremblay, who played Auggie in the movie Wonder. Performances by Noah Cyrus, Rachel Platten and the Kenyan Boys Choir further motivated the students.