Brouillet Elementary and district honored as 'Welcoming Schools' (2013-2014

The Puyallup School District and Brouillet Elementary are among the first two school districts and 10 schools from across the country that have been recognized for efforts to create welcoming and inclusive schools.


The 12 schools or districts were recognized May 2 during the first annual Human Rights Campaign "Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence" award ceremony in Saint Paul, Minn.


Puyallup is the only school district honored from Washington state and one of only two school districts nationwide to receive the award.  The school districts and schools honored also represent Minnesota, California, Texas, and Florida.


Welcoming Schools provides resources, training, and technical assistance to help elementary schools take a comprehensive approach to school climate and bullying prevention.


Tracy Flynn, a parent and educator who is a Welcoming Schools educational consultant in this region, has worked over the past two years with the Puyallup School District Diversiy Committee.


Flynn has worked directly with both Brouillet and Edgerton elementary school staff, as well as presented information on three separate occasions to all K-12 principals in the district.  Flynn's work is funded through the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.


The board commended Gerald Denman, chief equity and achievement officer in the Puyallup School District, for his leadership in this work.


This marks the first year of Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, which is awarded to schools or districts that have demonstrated high standards of implementation of the Welcoming Schools curriculum in the following areas:


  • Leadership Development, including an active leadership team working with individual schools.
  • Professional Development, including full faculty workshops.
  • Family Engagement, including community events.
  • Classroom Strategies, including use of Welcoming Schools lesson plans.