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Superintendent’s MLK Day Letter to the Community

January 13, 2024
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Dear Blue Waves Community,

As we prepare to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on his message of equality, justice, and love.

Dr. King’s dream was deeply rooted in the belief that every individual, regardless of race or background, should be granted the same opportunities, rights, and respect. He fought tirelessly for civil rights, inspired countless others to join the Civil Rights Movement, and made significant strides towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

In looking towards a future patterned on Dr. King’s vision, it is important for us to acknowledge the role each of us plays in achieving his dream. Our schools are not just places of academic learning, but also spaces where we shape tomorrow’s leaders, nurturing and guiding them towards a future where justice and equality reign supreme.

Education is one of the most powerful tools in achieving Dr. King’s dream. It is through knowledge and understanding that we can break down barriers, challenge prejudices, and build bridges of empathy, compassion, and respect. In our classrooms, we strive to create an environment where diversity is celebrated, where every voice is heard, and where prejudice and discrimination have no place.

The work of equality, however, does not stop within the walls of our schools. It extends to our homes, neighborhoods, and communities. Dr. King’s message was not confined to academic or political spheres; it was a call for collective action, for every individual to recognize their responsibility in shaping a society that is truly just and equal.

In celebrating this MLK Day, let us strive to counter racism and discrimination by treating every person we encounter with kindness, dignity, and empathy. Let us engage in conversations that push beyond our comfort zones, fostering a spirit of understanding and unity.

Together, let us honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by actively pursuing his dream. Let us remember that education can be a powerful catalyst for change and that each and every one of us has a role to play in building a more inclusive, compassionate, and just society. Together, let us continue the march towards justice, equity, and peace.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Pedisich

Interim Superintendent of Schools