"SEL"ebrate Tacoma Whole Child Month

Now more than ever, social emotional learning (SEL) is critical to our students’ health and wellbeing. Each year, January is declared Whole Child Month to recognize the work of our schools, staff and partners who support every student across Tacoma in being safe, healthy, engaged, challenged and supported.

Caring adults will always be here to support Tacoma families. As we band together and navigate through the second half of our school year, we invite all you – staff, students, partners and community – to celebrate with us!  

Staff, students and community partners are all invited to celebrate and participate in Tacoma’s Whole Child month.

Community - Declare your support for Tacoma students
Community partners municipalities, agencies and organizations are encouraged to declare their support for a whole child approach to educating and serving the children of our community!

On Jan. 5, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards issued a proclamation announcing Whole Child Month in the City of Tacoma.

Sample Whole Child Month Resolution

Recognize great work
There are so many great things happening around Tacoma. You can nominate groups doing great things to be a Whole Child Champion at http://bit.ly/WholeChild2021. 

Nominate individuals (educators, families, community members) at http://bit.ly/WholeChildChampion.

Check out the Whole Child Month calendar
For simple ways for everyone to participate each day of January, download or print the Whole Child Month calendar. Try these activities with your staff, students, or as an individual. Share your reflections on social media.

Share with others
Share your great work on social media with the hashtag #WholeChildMonth. Tag us on Twitter @WholeChild253. Download and use our sample graphics for social media and your website.

Sample posts:

"SEL"ebrate: Social emotional learning (SEL) is a critical part of child development and education. Join us in supporting and SELebrating Tacoma #WholeChildMonth. @tacomaschools @wholechild253

It is up to all of us to nurture and support the children in our community. (Organization name) is committed to supporting student academic success and the whole child. #WholeChildMonth @tacomaschools @wholechild253

As a partner of @tacomaschools we invest in the education of our children and youth—whose future, in turn, will affect the quality of life in the entire Tacoma community. #WholeChildMonth @tacomaschools @wholechild253


Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 | dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us

About Tacoma Schools

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