A Unified Call for Justice and Equality

Dear Candlewood Families,

The COVID pandemic has challenged and plagued us as a community. Businesses and schools shut down, the unemployment rate has risen, social distancing has shifted how we interact with each other, and education now exists on a digital platform where its lifeline is dependent on internet connectivity and electronic devices. As a school community, we’ve continued to persevere together through these difficult times.

Amidst this life changing event, we now see even more clearly that our country continues to battle issues of inequality and racism. The protests around the country are heartbreaking. The impact is not isolated to the protest itself that we see on the news; the impact overflows into every community, even our community.  Our students are growing up where they have balcony seats to all that is happening. It’s important that we talk to them, in an age appropriate manner, about what they’re seeing and experiencing.  Our school counselor, Mrs. Hetrick is also available to help your children process these events.

We are enclosing some resources for you that can help support conversations with your children regarding these difficult times.

Why Facing History: https://www.facinghistory.org/why-facing-history
Teaching Tolerance: https://www.tolerance.org/
Teaching Civil Disobedience: https://www.studiesweekly.com/blog/civil-disobedience/

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beautifully stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  We can support our children in living Dr. King’s words.

Take care and be safe,

Dr. Sheppard and Mrs. Fowle