*There is a tremendous amount of power in the words that we use towards one another
*If you can dream it, then believe in yourself, and achieve it
*Stand up for what's right, always
*Change comes from each of us, and we need to be the change that we want to see in the world
*Understand that each of us has a unique story....take the time to invest in learning about others' stories because when we do this, we build connections and learn that all of humanity has much more in common than we think
On Wednesday, May 28th, we have the tremendous opportunity to welcome two special guests from the Freedom Writers Foundation to Westmoreland Middle School to discuss acceptance, tolerance, and diversity.
Tiffony Jacobs-Tiffony is one of the original Freedom Writers who managed to succeed, despite a constant struggle in her personal life as a child and young adult. Her story is highlighted in the Freedom Writers movie, and in the book.
Tresor Rusesabagina-Tresor is a survivor from the unimaginable genocide that occurred twenty years ago in Rwanda. His father, Paul, risked his life to save over 1,200 people as the country waged war between two different ethnic groups. The movie Hotel Rwanda creates an account of this horrific time period in Rwanda, and includes the Rusesabagina family’s account.
Both of these guests come from vastly different backgrounds, yet their message about acceptance, tolerance, and diversity mirrors the work that we continue to focus on in the middle school.
Tiffony and Tresor will meet with students in grades 7 and 8 from 8:00-9:00am, and then with students in grades 5 and 6 from 1:00-2:00pm on May 28th. Parents, you are welcome to join your son or daughter for this presentation, so that you can share in their message. If you’re interested in attending, please contact the Middle School Office so that we can best prepare the gym for our guests.