tps native american graduation honorarium essay competition by AwP113

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									                                                                       Indian Education Program
                                                                  3101 S 43rd Street, Tacoma WA 98409
                                                                  Phone 253.571.1836 Fax 253.571.1844
4/9/2009

Dear Graduating Seniors and Parents,

The Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program is excited at the prospect of upcoming
graduation. Graduation is a culmination of years of hard work and perseverance. I have a unique
opportunity I want to share with you, the graduate, and your family. We are announcing the
Native American Graduation Honorarium Essay Competition for our current Native American
seniors. The criterion is as follows:

Eligibility:
     Must have a current 506 Indian Education Enrollment form on file with Indian Education.
     Must be current TPS senior in good standing and scheduled to graduate with the class of
         2009.
     Must graduate as of current 2009 high school graduation dates. Verification will be
         confirmed by the Indian Education office.
Essay:
     One page essay typed/word processed highlighting an inspirational
         family/school/community person who inspired you to persevere and graduate. Examples
         could be parents, grandparents, teacher, coach, or a tribal community member.
     Essays will be judged by the Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee at the May
         12th committee meeting.
Award:
     Honorariums to top 10 essays of Graduating Seniors at $500 each.
Deadline:
     Entries must be received in the Indian Education Office no later than May 12th, 2009.
     Essays can be mailed to above address or emailed as a Word attachment to
         dsyth@tacoma.k12.wa.us or msherma@tacoma.k12.wa.us

The essay contest is made possible by a partnership the Tacoma School District Indian Education
program has fostered with the Puyallup Tribe. The Puyallup Tribe values all Native American
students and supports education as the vehicle to broader and enhanced horizons for our Native
youth. Without their support this award would not be possible.

If you have any questions concerning this endeavor, please contact the Indian Education Office.

Sincerely yours,

David Syth
Indian Education Coordinator

								
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