At PS 107 we are proudly a No Place for Hate school.
During this time of protest and unrest in our country, we reaffirm our commitment to take a stand against racism in all of its forms.
In the past few months, we have seen undeniable evidence of the systemic racism that exists in our society through the disproportionate impact COVID 19 has had on black and immigrant communities. This crisis has only been further highlighted by another wave of murders of black community members at the hands of law enforcement. George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor’s lives were taken by members of the institutions that are charged with protecting us as citizens. This is unconscionable.
As educators, we believe we must work to cultivate a just society, so all of our children are able to thrive. We believe it is our moral imperative to help our students develop both the compassion and critical thinking skills that will enable them to speak out against systems of oppression that target marginalized communities.
We know that so many of you are feeling the pain and confusion of all that has happened and like us, are struggling to make sense of it all. It is our hope that we can turn these tragedies into transformative, teachable moments. We have compiled these preliminary resources to help. We will be sending additional resources in the days to come. For any families that would like to get more directly involved in this critical conversation, we invite you to join the Diversity Committee. Please email Ms. Rinah at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think your child would like more support, please reach out to our counselor Sarah Green SGreen@ps107.org. She is available to speak with your child and can provide more mental health resources for your family.
We know that by standing together, we will only emerge stronger.
We are 107!
The Diversity Committee
RESOURCES TO TALK ABOUT GEORGE FLOYD, RACISM AND CURRENT EVENTS
EVENTS HAPPENING NOW
- "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. LINK
- “I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence. Join the conversation happening this Friday, June 5th at 5:30 by registering here: LINK
- “How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper”: a conversation about what the parents of White children, in particular, can do to ensure they're not raising white children who are quick to call the police on Black and Indigenous people and people of color. This already took place. You can watch here.
- Family Friendly March - organized by the PS10 PTA, Tuesday, June 9th at 2:00pm (March from K280 to PS10 in Park Slope)
Note: embracerace.org has many wonderful resources on how to speak with children about race and racial violence
BOOKS AND MEDIA FOR CHILDREN
- Child-Friendly Powerpoint on the Black Lives Matter Movement - designed by a parent at PS130.
- Something Happened in our Town. A Picture book about racial injustice.
- Not My Idea - A book About Whiteness - Anastasia Higginbotham. Children’s book discussing Whiteness in the wake of a racialized violent incident.
MEDIA FOR PARENTS
Scared to Teach Your Kids About Race & Racism? Start Here.
- An article written by one of our 107 parents
- Talking With Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests.
- Why We Need to Talk About Race and Difference - (Microaggressions and Privilege)
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism
- Interview - ‘Raising White Kids’ Author on How White Parents can Talk About Race
- Podcast - Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence
- An Age by Age Guide to Fighting Hate
- Podcast - How to Talk to White Kids About Race and Racism
- One Talk at a Time- Providing Support for Latinx American, Asian American, African American, and Black Youth and Their Families to Have Conversations about Race and Ethnicity.