Stronger Together - Building Unity Through Community

Stronger Together – Building Unity Through Community

Stronger Together Event

 City of Arlington, Town of Darrington, community of Lakewood, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Event Launch - May 4-8 (Arlington School District, Darrington School District, Lakewood School District, local Sno-Isle Libraries)
Main Event - May 16 (Downtown Arlington-Legion Park)

Stronger Together

Vision: The first annual Stronger Together, a multi-community cultural event, is about exploring surface, shallow and deep cultures that we each bring to our communities.  We will be building unity through community discourse, activities, education, entertainment, food and fun.  Attendees will experience and explore their own culture, and have many opportunities to interact with and celebrate the rich cultures in our communities. 

Three municipal communities and two tribal communities are involved in our event: the City of Arlington, the Town of Darrington, the Community of Lakewood, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.  We have many different organizations involved in the planning, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, Sno-Isle Libraries, the Arlington School District, the Darrington School District and the Lakewood School District, Youth Dynamics, Arlington Youth Council, Snohomish County Executive Office, the City of Arlington, the Town of Darrington, and we have reached out to many others. 

On May 8, for our kick-off, we are engaging the three school districts in events, activities, and/or exhibits in school buildings, as well as exhibits in the three local Sno-Isle Libraries.  We will push out communications to students and their families through our school district partners, community organizations, and community partners.  We will also gain attention through our library partners and our tribal communities.

This will be the launch of our event that will continue through our main event that is happening on May 16, downtown in the City of Arlington at Legion Park.  Stronger Together is building unity through community. Zaretta Hammond who wrote Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, has done research from anthropologists about surface, shallow, and deep culture, which we hope to use as an access to explore our individual cultures, to become culturally self-aware. As we know, knowing and understanding our own culture, helps us understand others’ cultures and perspectives. As well as exploring culture and exploring ourselves, we will celebrate everyone in our community. Staff, students, families, community organizations, and community partners will come together for activities and discussions that highlight: How we are the same? How we are different? How that makes us stronger.