February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 6
Maggie Minjie Xiao – Seattle
Maggie immigrated to the USA in pursuit of a well-rounded education for her children in 2015. “Starting all over and rebuilding our life from zero take my huge courage, especially in a place that is totally different from my home country China.”
“I did not know why parents and school staff laughed.” Maggie described herself as an “Extra-Terrestrial (ET character in a movie)” who faced language difficulties and cultural differences in her son’s school activities. “I am sorry! I do not know.” is her most frequent response to her son’s request for her help in learning English. She was heartbroken. “I could not help my son.”
“I have language barrier, but there is no barrier for my heart to learn.”
Nowadays, Maggie demonstrates tremendous effort to engage in education and life adjustments. She volunteers in her son’s school. She attends meetings to advocate for education equity.
With her positive inner strengths, Maggie creates a healthy, safe and supportive home environment for her children to learn, grow and develop. “Mom, do not feel bad. We could look up dictionaries to understand English words together!” She nurtures love of empathy in her son’s heart.
Maggie is genuine and helpful. Her caring personality enables her to provide support for the needy.
Maggie demonstrates deep and mature thoughts. She brings lots of insights to others’ lives.
She always thinks about how she could better serve others.
She has been a good role model for Chinese immigrants. She is a valuable asset to Chinese Community.
Nominator: Peggy Kwok