Puyallup district and school earn recognition for creating a welcoming environment

Tacoma News TribuneApril 30, 2014 

The Puyallup School District and Brouillet Elementary are among the first 12 districts and schools from across the country that will be recognized Friday by the national Human Rights Campaign for creating a welcoming environment.

The honored schools and districts will be awarded the Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence at a ceremony in Saint Paul, Minn.

Brouillet Elementary Principal Nancy Strobel and Puyallup administrator Vince Pecchia will join educators from the other honored districts and schools at the ceremony.

Puyallup is the only school district honored in Washington state and one of only two schooldistricts nationwide to receive the award.

“Schools should be places where all students feel welcomed by their peers and adults,” Welcoming Schools director Kim Westheimer said in a news release. “But far too often students who are perceived as being different face harassment and bullying.”

Welcoming Schools provides resources and training to help elementary schools and their communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia.


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