Living in Graham
Graham is a census-designated place outside of Tacoma, Washington. The community got its name from Mr. Smith Graham, a manager of the logging industry who was the person responsible for retrieving mail off the train that chugged through the area.
Our residents have the Graham-Kapowsin Community Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to create a community center for our neighbors in Graham. The council’s calendar includes self-improvement classes, social activities, and educational programs throughout the year. They also sponsor the Community Exposition, which happens on the first Saturday in March every year.
The Expo is a chance for vendors, artist, performers and friends to congregate and help raise money for the council’s efforts. Proceeds assist the continuation of:
- Helping Children Read, an after-school curriculum that helps students in 1st-3rd grade improve their reading skills.
- Traditional Taichi Chuan Chikung teaches the art of coordinating breathing and movement for relaxation and stress reduction. Instructors are masters in the art, and hold classes every month.
- EcoSystem Explorers participants study their local ecology like a real scientist by observing and collecting data, testing it, and drawing conclusions. Real-world applications include field trips and investigations.
Frontier Park, 71 acres of recreation and the site of the Pierce County Fair, Highland Games, equestrian shows, scouting events, and car shows, is a big attraction. The playground is 5,800 square feet, featuring slides, talk tubes, a tunnel, overhead ladders, bridges, crow’s nest, swings, and a climbing wall.
Movies in the park during summer months offer families and friends a night of free entertainment in a beautiful setting.
Pierce County Library system has a Graham branch that provides specialty education along with reading materials. Microsoft Office Specialist classes help prepare professionals seeking the certification to understand the subject matter and prepare for the exam.
The library also conducts a Puppet Theatre for middle school-age audience members as they recreate classic tales through skits.
WorkSource employment experts hold seminars at the library to help aid those in search of the next chapter of their career story by creating effective resumes, cover letters, and digital communication.
Education in Graham
The Bethel Independent School District services the students of Graham. This school district is a Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award winner that educates 18,000 students. The makeup includes 16 elementary schools (K-5), six middle schools (6-8), three comprehensive senior high schools (9-12), an alternative high school (9-12), an online elementary academy, and a school of choice.
The creative curriculum includes band, choir, dance, theater, general music, orchestra, and visual art. Athletics offered range from swimming to wrestling for junior high and high school students.
Real Estate in Graham
On the edge of the Graham community, property on Lake Tanwax is the site of beautiful waterfront homes that serve as both vacation and primary residences. You’ll also discover houses on multi-acre parcels for privacy and serenity. Single-family homes in the town center, along with undeveloped land present opportunities to build your dream house.
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