Remembering Gina Bunster

Gina Bunster passed away last week.  Gina was an EEU alumni parent who gave so much of herself to the EEU community.  She was an advocate not only for her boys here at the EEU, but truly for all children.  She was an incredibly active member of our family council, but most importantly, Gina was a wonderful partner, mother and friend.  Gina always shared herself with the community.  She shared her deep passion for inclusion and her love for gardening and baking. Gina also gave back to the field of early intervention.  Gina was working at Northwest Center as part of an amazing team supporting young children and families with disabilities.  Gina was an essential part of our community and we are going to feel the impact of this loss.

Our hearts go out to Gina’s family. The world has lost a fierce advocate for inclusion and wonderful person.

EEU Equity Team Family Survey

We would love to learn more about the experience of all families at the EEU. Our goal is to create a welcoming and supportive community at EEU for each and every family and to meet each child and family’s needs.  We created a survey where you can share what your experience has been at EEU, whether you’re new this school year or have been here for a while. Over the last year, several EEU staff members and families have worked together to create this survey, which we hope will help us better understand your family’s experience. Please consider spending a few minutes to complete our survey and click here.

Please feel free to take a look at our page on the school website to read more about the Equity Team here at the EEU and how we got started.

How you can help keep children safe

We have a number of children who may wander or even run out of a classroom when a door is left open. Please help us keep children safe and remember to close the classroom door when you enter and exit the room. We will be putting up signs on the doors to remind all staff, families and visitors to close the door and keep children safe.

FEAST Program

This week we are officially launching our school wide Food Explorers Mealtime and Nutrition Curriculum. All classrooms will be using the curriculum to present new foods and activities with foods such as cooking projects, art projects, science experiments, and more!

Click here to learn more.

Remembering Cecile Lindquist

It is with great sadness that we say ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’ to a Haring Center hero, Cecile Lindquist, who passed away on April 10th, 2019.

Cecile was a visionary and fierce advocate for individuals with special needs. Among her many great accomplishments in the areas of special education and early intervention, Cecile helped author and lobby to pass Washington’s House Bill 90 (HB 90), “Education for All”. When passed in 1971, HB 90 became the first law in the nation to mandate public education for children with disabilities. This law changed the lives of children across Washington, and established the foundation for a federal education law – the law that would eventually become the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Cecile worked at the Haring Center’s Experimental Education Unit (EEU) in admissions and community relations for more than 30 years. Her impact is lasting, and Cecile will continue to serve as an example of true advocacy and public service.

We owe so much to Cecile, and send our deepest condolences to her family and those who loved her.