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Willie Stewart served students in Tacoma for life

When the Tacoma School District named a building for Willie Stewart last year, many who knew him were surprised that it was only one.
“He's relentless, a force of nature,” said Terry Bergeson, a former district superintendent. “I was a young hotshot counselor that wanted to change the world when I first went to Lincoln High School, where Willie was principal. What I loved in Willie was his giving me leeway to do well by the kids.
“Willie was tough and strong, and protected me from my own enthusiasm.” {blockquote}
The chance for Stewart, now 80, to have a building named for him – or have students, district executives and members of the Tacoma community smile when he’s mentioned – was impossibly long.
Born into a family of 11 children to a sharecropper from Columbus, Tex., Stewart picked cotton,… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Summit Olympus High School

Outside Summit Olympus, the strawberries are starting to ripen, snap peas are growing and lettuce, kale and Brussels sprouts have been planted.
The food growing outside of Tacoma’s first public charter high school was planted by Olympus students and will be picked, cleaned and taken to local homeless shelters to provide needy families with fresh fruit and vegetables.
“Our students wanted to give back and they talked about how they could help the homeless population,” said Lori Markowitz, Executive Director of Youth Ambassadors, one of the many community partners working with Summit Olympus. “The kids brought issues of importance… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
CRIME STOPPERS: Pierce County detectives seek bike-riding credit card crooks

Pierce County detectives are trying to identify two young men who tried to use credit cards at Walmart stolen during a burglary in Puyallup. The thieves broke into an attached garage and stole a wallet, keys and other valuables while a family with five children were asleep in the home.
With her hands full with five kids, homeowner Chelsea Casement stays busy.
“You can't even have your kids running around in the front yard without worrying about it. It's stressful,” said Casement.Read Full Story

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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