Our faculty, staff, and students have never shied away from talking about our beautiful differences – our different skin colors, cultural backgrounds, languages, and family makeups. You can’t help young children grow into empathetic leaders without these discussions. And part of that celebration of our differences has to include honest conversations about racism, injustice, and what we can do to make changes in ourselves and a difference in the world.
We are all at a distance now, isolated in our homes, which only serves to heighten our feelings of helplessness and frustration. But the conversations have to continue, and as educators, we see the work we have to do. Some of our parents have shared excellent resources, including the "Talking About Race" portal for both educators and parents from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
And now we approach our last few days of school. Normally this week, our Spanish Language students would perform in the annual musical, which is a celebration of art and culture, and of how our differences, when joined together, can make magic. Though it feels more important than ever, we won’t be able to have that performance this year. So, our Spanish teacher Srta. Sanchez read a book, La Asombrosa Graciela (Amazing Grace) by Mary Hoffman. It's about a girl who is told she can’t play Peter Pan in the school play because she’s black and a because she’s a girl. Of course, Grace proves everyone wrong. We’ve also read the original English version many times in our school. I encourage you to read it, or watch and listen to Srta. Sanchez’s reading of it, and recognize that each one of us, regardless of color, ethnicity, gender identity or age can be anything we want.
Let’s help our children grow up in a better world.