I am finding it tremendously difficult to watch the news anymore with the ongoing reports of violent events that have become all too common these days. If I am having this reaction, I can only imagine how hard it must be for our students to comprehend everything that is happening in the world today.
Our country is suffering a collective trauma, yet the power of the Crefeld community to support one another in times of struggle is strong. We instill the importance of what it means to be a community member to each of our students. It is an intrinsic piece of who we are as a school.
“Schools can make such a big difference, even without having the answers,” said Deborah Menkart, executive director of the Washington-based nonprofit Teaching for Change. “Just being a space where every person’s humanity is acknowledged and there’s a chance to discuss it and it’s not something that’s left outside the school doors.”
We want to encourage you to once again interact with your children about these and other current events occurring in our society. For some families that may be a conversation, for others that may be attending one of the many demonstrations being held throughout the area. There is no right or wrong, no judgment on what you do, but we do hope that you all choose to do something that is meaningful for your family.
When we gather together again as a community in September, we will discuss the events of the summer, and continue to honor the different life experiences and perspectives through dialogue and programming.