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From Superintendent Ryan: We Stand With You

From Superintendent Ryan: We Stand With You

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have rightly sparked anger and grief in our nation. Certainly, the pain of injustice is also felt here in Clarkston, and I write to you today because it is not enough to teach our students about social justice and cultural competency - we must seize on opportunities to stand firmly in these values and never stop listening and learning.

My experiences as a white man have not been the experiences of a black man, woman, or child living in America today. Does this prevent me from connecting with our common humanity? Of course not. It is my duty as an ally in this work to not only listen and learn but also take a deeper look into what I can do to respond to injustice. No matter our race, gender, or age, each one of us has the capacity to respond to hate and bias with love and compassion. I will be the first to tell you that I am still learning and my work will never be done.

As a school community, we must build empathy to build unity. The heart of our work is centered on teaching the whole child and meeting each student human-to-human. Our staff has engaged in professional learning around social justice, equity, and cultural competency. These recent tragedies have emblazoned our commitment to continue building a bridge to an equitable and just future. The difference in our future rests in our willingness and resolve to act and do the right thing right now.

To our African American families: We see you, we hear you and we stand with you in this fight for social justice.

Sincerely,

Shawn Ryan
Superintendent

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.


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