Local Student Able To Continue Education Thanks To District Trust Fund
Highline High School graduate, Lucas Green, says he did not believe he would get the opportunity to pursue a higher education when he graduated in 2009, that is until teacher Katie Taylor, who has known Green since he was in kindergarten, showed him how to get started.
Taylor had set up a trust fund within the Highline School District back in 1996 to help students like Green reach their goals after high school. Taylor won the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education that year and used her award money to start the fund.
â€œCollege should never be limited to whether or not you can afford it,â€ Taylor says. â€œItâ€™s an opportunity to give kids a future.â€
Green is the first recipient of this opportunity.
The money from the â€œTaylor Made Educational Fundâ€ paid for Greenâ€™s first quarter of school at South Seattle Community College. Now, he looking into possible scholarships he could get to help pay for his remaining years in school, and job opportunities for this summer to save money to also help cover school expenses.
Green says he has always been â€œthe poor kidâ€ and did not foresee being able to go to college. He worked hard in high school, even creating a senior project so good that it is now used for an example for students at Highline High School now.
Currently, Green works part time at the Magic Lanes bowling alley in White Center; but he says it is slow and he will need to pick up something else to keep his dream going.
â€œIâ€™m just your average poor boy trying to go to school,â€ says Green.
This summer, Green says he plans to try and take some online courses and work more to pay for all the expenses.
Green has great plans for his future, now that he can foresee one that he desires.
â€œMy central focus is on psychology,â€ he says. He also wants to pursue a minor in English and someday go for a Masters degree and eventually a PhD.
To other kids in his position, he has this to say: â€œThere is always a way. Sometimes it (money) will find you, but other times you have to go find it.â€
The Taylor Made Educational Fund accepts donations, according to Katie Taylor. They are tax deductible and information about donating can be found by contacting the Highline School District at 206.433.0111.