A cappella performer. Second grade student Minya Siler sings the Star Spangled Banner during the opening of the Lakewood Summit.
Nearly 500 people attended the Lakewood Summit at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Campus Feb. 24
The summit was a collaborative event sponsored by Clover Park School District (CPSD), the City of Lakewood and Pierce College, in cooperation with Lakewood’s Promise.
Several community organizations and agencies set up booths and kiosks where attendees flocked to gather flyers, information and engage in conversations with service providers such as Lakewood Police and Fire Departments and Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare.
Gary Wilson, CPSD director of student services served as master of ceremonies.
Vender row. More than 35 vendors from local service clubs, municipal agencies and educational organizations participated in the Lakewood Summit.
Keynote speaker Dr. Rebera Foston made a presentation featuring poetry, advice on improving community growth and child rearing.
Noon sessions on gangs and early childhood learning gave summit attendees the opportunity to gain information and share opinions.
“The Lakewood Summit exceeded my expectations,” said Dr. Doris McEwen Harris, CPSD superintendent.
“I was very pleased with the attendance and the commitment of community agencies to share their services for students. Dr. Foston, our featured speaker, did an outstanding job of connecting the work and leaving us with tangible ways we can build a whole community. Student soloist, second grader Minya Siler, wowed the audience, as did the renowned Lakes High School choir.
The summit concluded with Mayor Claudia Thomas asking summit attendees to commit time and resources to the Lakewood community in the future.
“The Lakewood Summit is an awesome beginning to make change in the city,” said Thomas.
“People who came to the summit were energized, positive and eager to learn and listen. For me, the summit dramatizes the need to have more events like the summit for Lakewood citizens. For me, this event highlighted the large number of great partnerships and volunteer opportunities we have in Lakewood,” said Thomas.
Gang awareness. School Resource Officer (SRO) Scott Young displays a jersey during his presentation on gangs during the Lakewood Summit. Young along with John Seaton, Clover Park High School principal, explained how district and SROs work together.
Story and Photos by Rich Bartell