It’s not every day that 40 people participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony. But, that’s exactly what happened at the brand new Denny International Middle School. The Seattle Public School’s Interim Superintendent, school board members, parents, students, elected officials, architects, construction workers and Denny school staff came together to participate in the unveiling of Seattle’s newest school building in the West Seattle neighborhood.
The collaboration of the unveiling speaks directly to the collaborative spirit that is alive at one of City Year‘s 2011-2012 school partners, Denny International Middle School. The new building is attached to a high school that most of Denny’s students will attend, Chief Sealth High School. This structure will strengthen the partnership and alignment between the two schools.
Denny’s 2011-2012 City Year team is led by two senior corps members and a Program Manager who will all be serving at Denny for a second year in a row. Their commitment to the school was recognized by Seattle Public School’s Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield who asked the audience to applaud the work of the Denny team and all of the City Year teams serving around Seattle and throughout the country.
Denny’s new school will come with a new team of corps members and a continued investment in the partnership between the school and City Year’s Diplomas Now program. Through its innovative collaboration with two other effective community organizations, Talent Development and Communities In Schools, Diplomas Now provides the right support to the right student in order to help prepare them for academic success, college and careers.
Congratulations to the Denny International Middle School community!