Dear BHRSD Community,

I’m at a loss for words and really struck by the challenges our nation and community are facing.  The combination of the impact of COVID-19 and systemic violence are weighing heavy on us. We stand with victims and survivors across our nation.  As Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We need to redouble our efforts to support our neighbors and communities.  We need to stand, kneel, and actively work against injustice.  When our District faced challenges with intolerance and hate, the NAACP stood with us.  It’s now our turn to both listen to and stand up for our Black neighbors and anyone who is oppressed.

There are an endless number of wonderful resources.  These three links resonate with me:

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/edit?fbclid=IwAR1opY_Y3HOfC7cyj1YNenIeGU5AX62huq4yM_DwjaEV9MwUjQa3JvKmK_U

75 Things White People Can Do For Social Justice
https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

For families and children – CNN and Sesame Street
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/cnn-sesame-street-standing-up-to-racism/index.html

There is also a student led peaceful protest at the Great Barrington Town Hall on Saturday at noon.  And, several students and staff have been working with the ADL, RSYP, and Multicultural BRIDGE to support on-going dialogue.

We live in divisive times where we are too often separated by politics.   I’d like to see our moral obligations transcend our political ones.

Please do something.  We need listening, action, and healing more than ever.  Let’s try to model compassion and support as we help our children (and ourselves) heal and grow.  When we are physically back together, we will continue this work.  If you need support in the short-term, reach out to me or the principals and we can connect you with our counselors.

Peter Dillon, Superintendent