Full Council to act on proposal to create “Patriot Way”
StoryThe Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment (TrEE) Committee today sent to the Council with a “Do Pass” recommendation legislation lobbied for by the students at Renton’s Liberty High School: renaming the street in front on their school.
The students at Liberty want to honor past, present and future students of the school by designating 168th Ave SE as “Patriot Way.” The recommendation from the TrEE Committee was the first step in making their dream a reality.
“The students worked really hard on this project,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, the Vice Chair of the Committee, whose district includes Liberty. “It was a great undertaking for these students and a firsthand demonstration of Civics 101. I am pleased to be able to work with them on this.”
“From the beginning of the year, the kids were excited about making this happen, renaming 168th to Patriot Way. They learned about the process, got the paperwork, knocked on doors on weekends, got the signatures, and submitted it all to the county. They were relentless in getting this done,” said School Principal Joshua Almy. “Anybody who knows the kids at Liberty High School would not find this surprising, that’s the make-up of our kids. Hard working, can-do attitude’s, always focused on doing what’s best for Liberty and what’s best for the community. They make me proud to be an educator and even more proud to be a Patriot.”
Almy also noted the work of ASB Advisor Michelle Munson and SRO Deputy Dave Montalvo, saying they have supported the students “every step of the way.”
“As an alum and current teacher at Liberty, I am proud to call Liberty my home. When students, staff, families and our neighbors drive onto Patriot Way, we want them to feel welcome and a part of our Liberty community,” said Munson. “The students work on this project exemplifies what it is to be a Patriot – hardworking individuals who do their best to make Liberty, and our community, a better place for others.”
The next step for the designation will be final action by the full County Council.
Students and faculty from Liberty High School join Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn (holding sign) and members of the County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee. The Committee sent to the full Council for final action legislation changing the name of the street in front of the school to “Patriot Way”