Sometimes an event can open our eyes to a difficult and harsh reality that has been right in front of us for a very long time. Over the past week, I have watched the footage of the tragic event that occurred in Minneapolis as well as the protests and the tragic violence that have occurred across our nation. For our country and communities around our region, the events of this past week have provided an eye opening moment. While the inequities, mistreatment and violence that we have recently witnessed are not new, they strengthen our resolve that our society can, and must, do better.
As a district we are dedicated to “Engage the mind, Empower the learner, Inspire excellence, and Influence the world.” These recent experiences remind us that if we want change in this world, it begins with us continuing to promote what we believe, namely equality and equity for all.
Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” As you talk to your children about these events, these resources from the National Association of School Psychologists may be of help:
- Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Understanding Race and Privilege
Central 301 will continue to promote a caring and nurturing culture where students, staff and visitors feel valued, safe, cared for, and supported.
Dr. Todd Stirn, Superintendent