Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why We Celebrate

Celebrating Diversity: Dr. Martin Luther King shared many messages during his abbreviated lifetime. Most influential for me was his belief that we should celebrate diversity and that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of color, gender, or belief.

We have worked very hard as leaders and community members to help this message come true each day. Because we are a suburb, people think that we have no diversity in our school or in our community. This could not be farther from the truth. We have many different nationalities, colors, orientations, and socioeconomic groups represented in our District.

My feeling about all of this is, "big deal".  I really don't care where you come from, what color your skin is, how much money you make, or what your orientation is. We all shop at the same stores, attend the same events, share many of the same values, and all want our children to do well. It is unfortunate that each day I read about other communities where people have not gotten over themselves, and they are still fighting for power over beliefs related to wanting inequality to succeed.

Here we celebrate diversity. Each year we teach about the work that Dr. King did, and I am happy when I am in a classroom and hear "why did he have to fight for that?" That means that our students have reached the stage of acceptance, and in their lifetime they have not known anything different. Acceptance translates to power.  Students will work with anyone to advance and find success for the greater good.  I think that would make Dr. King very proud, and I am very appreciative of his efforts.

New School Record for Wrestling: Congratulations to senior Connor Grome.  He now holds the West Genesee record for all time wins in wrestling at 132.  That is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations!

Mid-Term Week at the High School: Please remember that this is mid-term week at the high school. You can check paperwork that has come home for your child's schedule, or you can check our website for general information.

Weather: Also please keep an eye on the weather. While we are not expecting any significant snowfall, temperatures will be very cold. Make sure that your children are bundled up at the bus stop, and make sure that your student drivers leave a few minutes early.

Have a great week and hope to see you at some of our events.