One of my favorite singers, James Taylor, wrote and performed a song called "Shed A Little Light" in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here to listen to it. One of the lines speaks to me very clearly, especially in the world of education, in 2018:
That we are bound together, in our desire to see the world become,
A place in which our children can grow free and strong.
Now, perhaps more than ever, in a world that seems to be growing more and more polarized everyday, it is critical that we recognize when we are all pulling in the same direction. By doing that, we can ensure that we honor the work that everyone is doing on behalf of all our children, and for us in Montpelier Public Schools a centerpiece to that work this year is equity.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to focus our work with the Racial Justice Alliance, a student led organization at Montpelier High School, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and promote more equity in 2018. Our commitment to each and every student in Montpelier Public Schools is that they feel safe and included when they walk through our doors each and every morning.
As the days get longer, we are committing to shed more light in Montpelier Public Schools. We will be working to honor each and every student, regardless of skin color, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. And while we cannot eradicate all inequity in our world, we will take a stand in MPS and say not here!