Knowing a second (and third and fourth) language - as well as having exposure to various cultural heritages - can make us feel more connected to others and provide us with expansive and enriching lives. Sometimes, in our huge United States of America, we can feel insulated and be lulled into believing that knowing English alone is sufficient for international communication; we can go decades without ever applying for a passport; and we can forget that the very fiber of our nation has been created through the intermingling of a multitude of languages and cultures.
At times, even parents here who speak multiple languages and who may themselves come from countries outside the U.S. can struggle to adequately instill in their own children the value of being multilingual and recognizing the strengths of multiple heritages. Schools like The Seattle Area German American School (SAGA) take the pressure off parents in this regard - they make it easy for parents to provide linguistic and cultural exposure and enrichment for their children. SAGA’s community in particular brings families together through a shared appreciation for education and the German language.
Photos care of Anjanette GonzalesLike other parents of SAGA students, Anjanette was delighted when she discovered the school. “I joined the SAGA community eight years ago as a parent of a 2.5-year-old and a newborn, after recently moving to Seattle. My husband and I were raised as children immersed in the German language and culture, but we found that we were not passing on that tradition to our children. We were so happy to find The SAGA School to provide our children with German language development, a top-notch education, and access to a vibrant international community which has always been a part of our lives.”
Photos care of Anjanette Gonzales
Most families whose children attend SAGA learned about it through word of mouth. Regardless of each family’s specific cultural background, they are welcome to join SAGA, a school that celebrates European values and traditions like focusing on the whole child and learning through interaction with nature. “If you have a passion for German language, education, and European culture, the SAGA community is a great community to join,” Anjanette proclaims. She speaks from experience: her eldest child was recently promoted to middle school as a member of one of SAGA’s first fifth-grade cohorts.
SAGA thrives with the help of volunteers and donations. Parents like Anjanette invest their time and energy into insuring the school continues to flourish. In fact, Anjanette was a key member of the leadership team that helped SAGA secure a long-term lease on its school building.
To learn more about SAGA, visit the school’s website. To help SAGA continue to grow and contribute to a deeper understanding of our own country’s connections to the traditions of other parts of the world, use checkout code GIVE841 and SAGA will receive a donation equal to 10% of your purchase price. You can also find SAGA on Facebook.