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Principal Shares Resources

January 18, 2021
 Diversity Equity Inclusion
Dear RES Ram Students and Families,
Here is a short message you can share with your students today, while they are at home as we observe Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.  The Pine-Richland School District believes in the critical importance of a positive culture of respect and equity for all people students, staff, parents, and community. One of the district’s initiatives is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  I appreciate you spreading the message of equality and hope with your students, helping them to understand it at their age and developmental levels aren’t always easy, so I attached a couple of simple resources for you to take a look at and use in your conversations. Thank you, and enjoy this day of reflection.
Dear Students, 
Today you have the day off school. We can thank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as today is dedicated to celebrating his work to have equal rights for all people, no matter what they looked like or where they came from. As your principal, I wanted to share with you a couple of the ways I will celebrate him today, including a short read aloud of a story which is attached to this email. I also will read about him so that I know what was important to him and why we talk about him at school. He believed in using peace and love to solve differences. For example, one of the quotes he is known for is “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” This means that when we disagree on something, we cannot use bad feelings or actions to solve the problem, instead, we have to focus on positivity and love. He also believed that no matter what, “Everyone can be great.” People are sometimes treated differently due to their skin color, even today. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that your skin color did not determine whether or not you could be a good person, or successful. He believed that everyone should be treated equally. As you spend today at home, take a look at a couple of these resources to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., maybe you can even bring a new fact you learned back to school with you tomorrow. 
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President
MLK, Jr., Day Read Aloud