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Statement from Tukwila School District Regarding Helping Our Children Fight Racism through Education and Love in a Diverse District

Statement from Tukwila School District Regarding Helping Our Children  Fight Racism through Education and Love in a Diverse District

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2018

 

Our children are privy to more information than many adults could have ever dreamed possible.  Their world is smaller than it has ever been because of it.  However in the field of education we are faced with the challenge, or better yet flat out struggle to try to avert their eyes from the ugliness of racism, prejudice, and hatred.

Images of the past week of African-Americans being gunned down in Kentucky, pipe bombs being sent to our nation’s leaders, and our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith slaughtered as they worshiped in Pennsylvania have forced our District’s educators to convince our extremely racially and culturally diverse population of students that they are safe here in our care; and also drive home the lessons of respect for human differences, respect for human life and the all- important universal lesson of LOVE.  Love for ourselves, love for each other, and the power of bringing more love to the table in each and every thing that our students do.

At Tukwila School District our Race and Equity Committee was designed to create a culture of equity, trust, honesty, respect, and build positive relationships for our students and their families, and our staff.  We build this through feedback from our stakeholders, and action on behalf of everyone.  Our mission is to:

  • Support each other in building trusting and mutually respectful relationships between staff, students, families, and community members.
  • Support all members of our Tukwila School District community to hold each other accountable so that we hold students first and meet students where they are
  • Increase the cultural responsiveness and awareness of all staff, scholars, family, and community members
  • Ensure that we value the diversity of our staff, students, and community in authentic ways
  • Build and sustain the passion necessary to persist in our work

 

We at Tukwila School District rebuke hatred, racism, stereotypes of all kinds, and we have zero tolerance for those who participate in it.  We fight for justice, and look for ways to arm our students with the intellectual tools to fight the horrendous viciousness of judging others through a lens of bigotry.  Without a strong community behind them, the battle to uphold the pillars of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness fall and we—the adults charged with teaching them our subscribed-to American values fail our students for generations to come.

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For interviews or more information, contact:

Rhonda A. Lee, Communications Officer / Media and Public Relations

206-901-8009 (Direct Line)  206-899-6428 (Cell/Text) leer@tukwila.wednet.edu

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