Olympia School District Council supports Inspire Olympia!

By Lorilyn C. Lirio

On Thursday, the Olympia School District Board of Trustees passed a resolution supporting Inspire Olympia!

By supporting Inspire Olympia, the school district board believes that the arts improve student academic achievement. “Students engaged in learning the arts have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, lower college attendance rates, and lower dropout rates.”

“Students from all socio-economic strata reap these educational benefits. Yet the Department of Education reports that access to arts education for students of color is significantly lower than for their white peers. 91% of Americans believe the arts are part of a complete K-12 education,” the resolution states.

According to its website, Inspire Olympia is a voter-focused initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage and science experiences throughout Olympia. It aims to reduce barriers to access and expand offerings for everyone in the region, especially young people.

On April 26, Tuesday next week, Olympia City will hold a special election to get public opinion on raising the 0.1% sales tax to help create funds for arts and culture programs.

The school district board also believes the initiative will support Olympia Schools field trips and help transport and pay for the cost of tickets for students who cannot afford to attend or travel to Olympia schools. cultural arts.

“The goal of the program funding will catalyze a wide range of experiences designed with, by, and for people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families, the LGBTQIA community, and anyone who has never had access to resources and/or opportunities. An essential goal to make Olympia a more tolerant, inclusive and resilient community for all,” he added in the resolution.

Aubrey L. Morgan