Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Superintendent delays Indian Heritage-campus move
We are capable of transforming the Wilson-Pacific building
The July 5 article, “School district stalls relocation plan,” [“NWThursday] reminded me of an afternoon at Wilson-Pacific building this past school year: My daughter and I encountered streams of gleeful kids pouring from the buildings, heading to their buses, exclaiming about their fun day and “those huge cool paintings!” — meaning the giant Native-American murals. They were Native American students who’d come for “Native Kids Day.”
I agree that new construction that serves many additional students is the appropriate future for Wilson Pacific, but we don’t need to evict the Indian Heritage program. Our town has creative, capable architects who could find a way to transform Wilson Pacific; they can provide the Indian Heritage program a new stand-alone space, preserve the stunning Native murals so they continue to impact the public from blocks away and serve many additional North-end students.
Hey, Seattle architects — what do you think?
Also, we can surely create a joint-use agreement for a transformed Wilson Pacific so the regional Native-American community can continue to use it as a cultural gathering place as they have for decades. We give Seattle students a lot of words about diversity, encouraging their respect for different cultures — let’s walk the talk.
— Maria Renninger, Seattle