Seahawks Pride: Jessica

Although the Super Bowl has come and gone, Seattle fans still have a lot of team spirit. Highland Park Elementary showed their support before the game, but the students still have great memories of this historic game.

City Year Timberland boot featuring Seattle skyline at the pep rally.

City Year Timberland boot featuring Seattle skyline at the pep rally.

In the midst of all of Seattle’s Hawk craziness, Highland Park Elementary gathered their students together for an end of the week pep rally. This event consisted of adorable performances by especially spirited students. Our personal Highland Park cheer squad got everyone “FIRED UP” with chants and even an impeccably executed lift. Another student unicycled around the whole gym waving the twelfth man flag – tall and proud.

Students cheer on as the 12th Man Flag goes by.

Students cheer on as the 12th Man Flag goes by.


Staff got in on the fun with “SEA what?! Seahawks” cheer. While we were technically cheering for the Hawks to win, we were really cheering for our kids to win. This pep rally was just another moment to bring our students together, to create a school environment with support and unity.
Corps members Tobias and Nahid stand in front of the Seahawks banner.

Corps members Tobias and Nahid stand in front of the Seahawks banner.


In hindsight it is obvious that the Highland Park pep rally directly influenced the Seahawks winning the 48th Super Bowl (not missing a snap on the first play). But even with the season over Highland Park and its staff will be cheering for their students through the rest of the year.

Highland Park MUSTANGS! NEEEEHHHHYYYYYYYYYY

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Highland Park Elementary School Walks to School with Mayor McGinn

On a beautiful, crisp fall morning, City Year corps members serving at Highland Park Elementary School had the opportunity to walk to school with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. As part of International Walk to School Day, the Mayor kicked things off with a brief dedication of a newly installed crosswalk located on SW Holden Street. Just five blocks away from the school, this busy street has been difficult to cross in the past, but not any longer!

As Mayor McGinn addresses the crowd, corps members William and John provide a helpful hand.

As Mayor McGinn addresses the crowd, corps members William and John provide a helpful hand.

Community members joined the “walking school bus” as it made its way to Highland Park Elementary School, and cheers of support were extended from neighbors who
waived to the bus from front porches.

The Walking School Bus uses the new crosswalk while making its way to Highland Park Elementary School.

The Walking School Bus uses the new crosswalk while making its way to Highland Park Elementary School.

Upon reaching the school, the “walking school bus” was joined by additional students
and parents. Energy and excitement filled the air as students eagerly asked Mayor McGinn questions and proudly showed off their vibrant playground.

Alongside Mayor McGinn, corps member William engages with a Highland Park parent and student.

Alongside Mayor McGinn, corps member William engages with a Highland Park parent and student.

City Year corps members talked with parents and community members throughout the morning. City Year is proud to be part of the Highland Park community!