School resumes Monday, April 19 and opportunities for in-person instruction will be available for students by educators who wish to instruct in-person, and online for other students. All grades remote learning if not attending in-person.

Chinook Middle School is hosting La Chispa on April 28th, and needs HS students to serve as near-peer mentors and role models to facilitate classes for small groups of middle school students. La Chispa is an engaging bilingual (English-Spanish) program for Latinx students. It builds agency and social capital in Latinx students through the development of a positive academic and self-identity.

HS student volunteers will: receive training, resources, and support to teach culturally responsive lessons and activities for the La Chispa workshops/modules. Modules are designed to be for 30 minutes with the flexibility to shorten or lengthen each lesson.

Key concepts include:

  • Dream, Learn, Serve: remixing Latinx heritage and values with those of the American homeland.
  • I AM: exploring identity, story, culture, linguistic assets, and aspirations.
  • Sparks: developing talents and interests and engaging in positive self-talk.
  • Learning How to Learn: embracing challenge as an opportunity for growth.
  • Challenge, Choice, Change: building empathy with others and courage for the future through Dolores Huerta’s storytelling model.
  • School Success: reflecting on the key indicators of school success: attendance, behavior, academic achievement, finding mentors, and school and community involvement.
  • Becoming While Doing: growing into the best versions of ourselves through serving our schools and communities.
  • Group Roles: contributing to a team’s success through our natural leadership roles.
  • Amoxtil: using an indigenous form of expression from the past to create a vision for the future.

Important dates:

  • April 5 and 9 – Training (30-60 mins each).  Time is TBD
  • April 19 – Check in to answer questions and support. Meeting after school. Time TBD.
  • April 28 – La Chispa Event – Starts at 8:30am-12:30pm.

Students interested to volunteer can sign up at the following link. Please sign up by Wednesday, 3/17/21:



4333 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

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