We had a remarkable experience at Canopy’s Bloom lunch

Diverse cultures came together to celebrate students in our community. We each brought something to share – fabulous food (parents), time investing in kids (tutors), hard work (students), generous giving (donors), and together we raised over $23,000 for the students at Canopy Scholars!

Thank you everyone, so very much! 

Our day began with guests capturing memories with photos on the red carpet against a backdrop of Canopy funders…

Bloom Mixer Canopy Scholars

A Fun Mixer 
Building connections was at the heart of the lunch. To kick things off, the Y led a fun mixer that generated conversations between students, tutors, parents, and donors.

Canopy Lunch Mixer by YMCA

Two impressive high school students on Canopy’s Student Leadership Council, Misgana Kiflom and Nanbon Biruk, talked about what inspires them to be involved as volunteer tutors. They introduced five Canopy Scholars who have made great academic strides this year:

Eulogia Kidanemariyam, Rahwa Aram, Mayuli Mendoza, Amanule Tezera, and Jasmine Moreno.

We have two fun clips for you:

Meet the Canopy Scholars

The Student Awards for Academic Achievement

Volunteer of the Year

Fred Peterson 

Fred Peterson volunteers as Canopy’s shuttle driver and sport coordinator. He comes from a Norwegian fishing family, grew up in Ballard, is the father of two, has season tickets to Husky football games, and is retired from the audio industry. Students enjoy Fred’s fun interactions with them and he shuttles them from school to tutoring each day. Fred Peterson embodies the philosophy of people-helping-people and we are so grateful that he invests in the students at Canopy Scholars.

One of the first students who came for tutoring when Canopy began in 2006: Rahwa Ghebremichael.

Rahwa talked about the impact Canopy had on her life as she went on to graduate from college and start a business. It was wonderful to hear her story.

Our take away from this remarkable day

We built community together as we talked, laughed, shared a fabulous lunch, and celebrated students together. It was a unique event with diverse cultures coming together for the sake of students. One dad, the father of two Canopy students, said “these people, who don’t know me, are giving money so my kids can come to tutoring? I am amazed by their generosity.”

Connections across cultures are powerful and can change the world. Thank you everyone for being part of this remarkable day and for your amazing generosity!

Thank you for being part of the Canopy community!

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