It came as a big surprise on that Friday afternoon, the Friday where I had just left my school smiling and excited for the Labor Day weekend. When I came home and the news finally sunk in, I just didn’t understand. How can it be fair to shut down my school? The same school that has finally made me feel like I fit in after years of struggling, and everyday when I walk in through those doors instantly a smile appears on my face. I know almost all my peers in the entire school and we are all extremely close even after only 3 weeks. What do you call that? Well, that is a real community that we call Summit Sierra.
Here at Summit Sierra public charter school, our teachers have much more time one on one with us and they have created bonds with each student already. Why would anyone take that away from teenagers who already struggle enough developing and dealing with their own problems? Every single student deserves to have this one on one time with their teachers and have this strong community bond where they can come here and instantly feel like they can learn and grow. I haven’t ever been able to share and ask questions in my schools before but at Summit Sierra I am able to raise my hand and speak while feeling confident about my learning and that I won’t be judged. Another thing about our school is we are in the International District so we have so many opportunities to go explore many other cultures at our fingertips after school and already, I have learned so much!
I strongly think that the Washington State Government needs to reconsider the new law because this school and many other charter schools allow students to learn and grow more freely and have a real chance to go to college in their future. I can honestly say I have never been happier at any other school in my life. Summit Sierra is my school, and I can’t imagine Seattle without it. I am a Spartan for life, along with my other graduating classmates of 2019, and we hope that we can all graduate together in our big community.