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Wakelon ES Response to Racism

Hello Wakelon families,

I hope you have all had a pleasant weekend and start to the week. Today, I feel compelled to share with you Wakelon’s stance regarding the recent events in the news.

Our hearts ache with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.  We stand in solidarity with our students, families, staff, and members of our local communities.  EVERY student deserves the opportunity to come to a school where they are acknowledged, celebrated, and valued for who they are, and we strive to make Wakelon Elementary this place.  We love our Wakelon family and together we will seek to have conversations around how to interrupt racist behavior and practices as we restore some sense of peace within our school community.  Please know we hear you, we see you, and we stand with you in the coming weeks and beyond as we begin to educate ourselves and our students in the advocacy that is required to foster an anti-racist society and school.  We are #Wakelonstrong and we will get thru this TOGETHER!

 

I know that many of you are having conversations in your homes and maybe struggling to find the right words to explain this to your children.  We have added resources to our website under the Parents tab to support you with this effort.  Please use as you see fit.  I would like to encourage you to limit the amount of time your child is on social media and watching the news right now.  Too many negative images and comments over time can be traumatizing. Also, please try as much as possible to censure your conversations around this topic when in their presence. These current events have been difficult for us as adults to process, our children are grappling to make sense of this as well.  Lastly, please take time to take care of yourselves.  Our students need you to be you to be healthy and strong right now.  Despite all that is taking place right now, I am encouraged that brighter days are ahead, for as Martin Luther King stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that.” We will all be that light needed to create a better world for children.

Wishing you all the best,

Ms. Cooper