SeaTac United, a non-profit group that promotes personal skills development and cooperative partnerships for local students, will celebrate the conclusion of its 2014-2015 math academy with a closing ceremony on May 18 at the SeaTac Community Center.
SeaTac United offers the SeaTac United Math Academy (SUMA) to elementary school kids in the SeaTac area as a way to improve their math abilities while having fun. The free academy takes place after-school and offers transportation and a free meal to students at the Bow Lake location.
Designed for students in grades 3-6, SUMA meets twice a week after school where volunteer mentors—both adult and teens—provide personal support and supervision. Aligned with what they are currently learning in school, SUMA math instruction is web-based and uses a system of rewards and team competitions to keep kids enthused about their math studies. SUMA is hosted on Mondays and Wednesdays at two locations in SeaTac—Bow Lake Elementary and the Matt Griffin YMCA.
The party will start at 6:00 p.m. and feature an awards dinner, recognitions, and the presentation of the SUMA Cup by SeaTac Mayor Mia Gregerson to the top team. Over 100 people are estimated to attend, including students, parents, volunteers, sponsors and several community leaders including members of the SeaTac City Council.
“SeaTac United designed this free math academy to promote STEM, community improvement and youth engagement,” said Mike Doughty, Principal of SeaTac United, in a statement. “SUMA is a true SeaTac success story and this event is a chance to honor our volunteers, sponsors and—most of all—the kids who put so much effort into this endeavor.”
For more information about SUMA, please see http://www.seatacunited.org/windmill-stem.