Dear Westerly Middle School Community,
On June 8, Dr. Mark Garceau, Superintendent of Westerly Public Schools, shared the following message:
“Black Lives Matter. It is easily said, and it is often even more easily dismissed with an “All lives matter” retort. All lives do matter, of course they do, but until such time as we have committed to eradicating any and all systemic inequities based on race from our district, we are just paying lip service. We are, by our silence and our inaction, perpetuating the marginalization of our black youth and that of other underrepresented populations. Until we start behaving as if Black Lives Matter and demonstrating a willingness to do the work of listening, learning and owning our own implicit biases (and then taking steps to address them), we are not behaving as if we truly believe that all lives matter. Or at least not as much.”
At Westerly Middle School Black lives matter. At Westerly Middle School Indigenous lives matter. At Westerly Middle School People of Color (BIPOC) matter. We are committed to doing the work of listening and learning. We are committed to owning our implicit biases and have begun to take steps to address them. We invite you to join us.
This summer, we are offering the opportunity to students, families and staff to join WMS Read to Lead, a virtual book club, in which we will listen to each other and learn about the realities that BIPOC youth experience in this country.
Please see the attached flyer for specific details and take the first step by registering by June 26 to read to lead.
WMS Read to Lead
Paula Fusco, Susan Russell, Kristin Almeida and Michelle Diaz