Cooperative Learning Community Families,
We know that the last few weeks have been heart-wrenching, and have laid bare deep-rooted inequities and tensions in our country, and around the world. We wanted to take this opportunity to check in with you, and to let you know that we are here for you, and supporting you, even during these difficult times when all we want to do is come together physically, and we cannot.
Systemic racism continues to divide this country in so many ways and the Cooperative Learning Community stands committed to taking action in the best ways we know how – by educating, caring for and growing the next generation who will be tasked with caring about the needs of others of all races and backgrounds.
Our Community stands in strong condemnation of racism, social inequality, profiling, unjust policies and unjust policing. We must, as a nation, and within our communities, take this opportunity to look within and to ask ourselves what we can do to break this cycle and to make systemic and lasting change. This is particularly crucial to us as educators of our next generation.
The Cooperative Learning Community believes in developing lifelong learning, compassion and community for children and their families. We are committed to creating partnerships with our families, partnerships where we strengthen and support each other. Partnerships where we learn to not be colorblind, to translate our intentions into actions and truly make the world better. We will continue to commit ourselves to respecting all lives, and to standing with and working with those who are facing prejudice, inequity, and oppression. As we learn together, we will grow stronger, become more aware of social inequities, and educate others about how to eradicate racism. We are committed to putting intention into practice throughout our community.
We stand strongly in solidarity with all those fighting for a more just society, and are committed to combating the implicit bias and racism that exist in the fabrics of our society.
We welcome you to share tools and resources with the community through our Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/SharonCoop/ and https://www.facebook.com/SharonNatureSchool/ . Our collective input is helpful in discussing these difficult issues with our children, families and friends. We can come together now as a community to pledge, as we have always done within our community, to leave the world a better place than we found it.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela
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