Building Civic Leaders

by Ms. T
The last few weeks, 5th graders have explored the basics of civics – what rights they have as Washingtonians, as Americans, and as young people, and how to take part in democracy well before they’re old enough to vote. They have touched on the three branches of government, the difference between Federal, State, and local governments, and who specifically represents them in Seattle and the surrounding areas. They have also been engaging in advocacy work! They have thought about issues that are important to them, researched the issues to get a better understanding of both the details and what local politicians think, and written letters to their representatives expressing their thoughts, concerns, and policy suggestions. They have written on issues ranging from gun control to LGBTQ rights to the environmental impacts of The Willow Project, and written to representatives ranging from their local city councilor to Senator Patty Murray to President Biden and Vice-President Harris. SGS 5th graders are powerful allies, advocates, and future leaders!
Located in the Central District, Seattle Girls' School is an independent school for girls and gender nonconforming students in grades 5-8. Our mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.