Dear SRLA Families,
With God’s Grace I can face each day with His peace and strength, Amen.
I am writing to you with overwhelming waves of sorrow and sadness following the death of George Floyd. Life itself, especially during these last 80 days, has challenged everyone. It is through challenges that we grow stronger and persevere.
I ask that you engage, as a family, to have those tough conversations about racial inequality, right and wrong actions and ideas about injustice. We need to be creative and work together to remove obstacles that only flame systematic inequalities.
As a school community, we are here for each other at a time when we need each other. Together, we need to reach out to our family, friends and neighbors and let them know that we are in this together. Only by showing others compassion, love, empathy and humanity that we hold dear for ourselves can everyone heal together.
This will not be easy. We must work with every last ounce of energy we have to support our own families, friends and communities. Everyone at SRLA supports peace, love and understanding. I want our students, staff and families to know that we care, your life matters to me, never feel alone.
Poetry: “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou
Participate: Millburn Rally For Black Lives: Sunday, June 7th 2020. Meet at Millburn High School at 12:00 noon. The Peaceful March will begin at 1:00 pm and march down Millburn Ave. At 3:00 pm, a vigil will be held in Taylor Park.
Books: Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race-Books For Littles (Free and accessible for all readers)
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman
Lovely by Jess Hong
We’re Different: We’re The Same by Sesame Street
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
We Are America by Walter Dean Myers (one of my favorite YA authors)
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
--Martin Luther King Jr.