Dear PS10/K280 Community,
This spring has been the most turbulent ever in most of our lives, and even as the death toll in the United States eclipses 100,000 lives lost to COVID-19, we are moved beyond words to consider the incomprehensible killing of one individual - George Floyd. The murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis and the seemingly endless news about discrimination, police brutality and violence against people of color in this country is a reflection of the deep-seated racism that we must all address. We are saddened and disturbed, and we cannot tolerate these injustices.
We need to take a moment to reflect on the pain, grief and trauma that our community, city and country are dealing with now. This is a problem for ALL of us: as parents and educators who want justice and equity. As a nation we continue to fall short of the promises we hold for all people. We cannot fully comprehend the deep impact and assault that an event like this has on our citizens of this country. Systemic racism must be confronted and the first step of that process is dialogue.
As educators, promoting a sense of safety and belonging among all our students and our community should be foremost on our minds. Our classrooms (even our remote classrooms!) serve as a gathering place for much more than education – they help us all recognize, understand and appreciate our differences. These tragic events as well as the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority communities serve as a reminder that we still have much work to do. We have a responsibility to make sure we are doing our part to foster empathy and kindness and to raise children who speak out against the deadly impact of racism in our country.
We understand the message by groups like Black Lives Matter and others who are working tirelessly to fight against racism and violence. And although many of us are feeling angry, saddened or both, we acknowledge the toll this takes on our families and staff, particularly those of color.
For all of you students, faculty, and staff who are upset, angry, and struggling to make sense of what is happening, we want you to know that the PS 10/K280 community is committed to working alongside you to set us on a better path. There are many difficult conversations that we will face, but we stand with you through all of these challenges.
We acknowledge that our words to you today are not enough to right the wrongs we have witnessed. As we enter the last month of the school year, let us stay connected this summer to strengthen our engagement and commitment to action. We must find opportunities to reach out to those who are ready to make a difference!
Yours in peace,
The PS 10 Administration, PTA & Diversity Committee
Please see the resources below that were assembled by our teachers and members of our Diversity committee.
- WeTeachNYC on Racism
- WeTeachNYC on Civic Education
- Morningside Center Teachable Moment : Listening Circle for George Floyd
- Facing History and Ourselves: Bearing witness the death of George Floyd and ( Reckoning-Amidst-Pandemic and Violence and Backlash)
- Teaching Tolerance: Resources on Race and Ethnicity
- Anti-Defamation League: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism
- NY Times The Learning Network : A conversation about growing up black
- Death of George Floyd Sets Off Massive Protests ( Lessons by AFT)
Two websites that provide great titles that teach about diverse backgrounds:
The PS10 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has held workshops with the following organizations who have great input for families and educators:
This link which lists useful age-appropriate books has been shared by a PS10 teacher:
Here are some additional resources:
Here are some organizations you can donate to if you’re interested:
Black Lives Matter
Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
MAKE THE ROAD NY: “builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice.
NYC Black-owned restaurants to order from: