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Posted March 18, 2021
The McKinley-Thatcher community of staff, families, and partners is committed to anti-racist education and support for all of our students and families. We know that hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have risen dramatically in the last year, and the events that occurred in Atlanta this week were horrific. We stand in solidarity with the Asian community, and with our AAPI students, families, and teammates. We must stand up for what is right and just because our children learn the most from watching what we do.
In our school values, we use kid-friendly language to teach our students to be kind and considerate, including a clear statement that “EVERYONE matters, and we include everyone.” Please use this language as a starting point for talking with your children about the events happening in our community and across the country. We believe that our diversity strengthens our community, and makes us better people.
Additional resources to support talking with your children about race and anti-racism are listed below. We still have much work to do in creating more inclusive environments – for our students, our community, and our nation. We will work hard to ensure our school is a place where our children all experience and learn acceptance and belonging.
To all of our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students, families, and staff members: You matter so much to us. Your life matters. We support you and we are here for you.