Guiding the Stars: West Seattle Elementary Poetry and Song was produced by West Seattle Elementary School students and Jack Straw Cultural Center with the generous support of The Creative Advantage, the Washington State Arts Commission, Jubilation Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and individual donors.
The Jack Straw artist team included writer Vicky Edmonds; vocal coaches Sunam Ellis, Katya Landau, and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako; audio engineers Maryam Britton, Daniel Guenther, Joel Maddox, and Ayesha Ubayatilaka; musicians Levi Fuller and J.R. Rhodes; education programs associate Alyssa Keene; designer Levi Fuller; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz. West Seattle Elementary students Lydia Abebe and Brigham Stowell created the cover art.
Special thanks to the students of Coho and Chinook classrooms at West Seattle Elementary and West Seattle Elementary staff. We especially want to thank 5th grade teachers Taylor Boccaccio and Kaitlin Hanger, ELL teacher Anna Quinn-Shea, principal Pam Conyers, assistant principal Sahnica Washington, administrative secretary Shanika Russell, visual arts teacher and art team leader Amber Sermeño, and music teacher Catey Mayhew, who all helped make this project possible.