WELCOME TO OUR SITE!
Our hope is this website is a place where teachers, staff, students, and families can come for ideas for school projects, book titles, and classroom and community activities all centered around the diversity theme of our DRAGONS.
Our mission is to integrate into the curriculum and social climate important issues such as anti-bullying, acceptance and celebration of differences, teaching empathy, compassion and respect for all, and to encourage service learning experiences. Our goal is for every child and family to feel welcomed at our school.
Our history began in 1995 when a group of parents were interested in promoting diversity and respect at our school. Since then the group has had the full support of both administrations and has been generously funded by the PTA. These funds have supported the Eyes Project Banners, Families All Matter Book Project (FAM), CLIMB THEATRE performances, the 2007 Diversity Institute (day-long immersion program for middle school students), and the DRAGONS and BEE banners at the UC and LC respectively. We have also sponsored Drummers for National Native American Day and have assisted classes in making a Diversity Quilt representing their class. We have also organized Grade Specific Essays on topics such as Homelessness, Disabilities, and Adoption. Winners received gift certificates to be given to a charity of their choice.
This year, in addition to having CLIMB interact with our Lower Campus students, and doing the FAM project in grades 1 - 5, we will be focusing our efforts on Service Learning. Internationally we will be focusing on Housing in Haiti and working with the American Refugee Committee based in Minneapolis, and locally we are forming an alliance with People Serving People, a local Homeless Shelter.
We always welcome new parent volunteers. There are lots of ways to get involved that could fit your interests and schedule. You can choose to be involved in one project or to look at long-term planning. If you are interested in learning more about the Diversity Committee please contact Mary Jordan or Maree Hampton. We invite you to join us!
This section has web links to resources, adapted with permission, from The Advocates for Human Rights Website.