Black Lives Matter at School: A Day of Understanding and Affirmation

  • On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District held a district-wide event: Black Lives Matter at School: A Day of Understanding and Affirmation. As the culmination of Black History Month and directed by a Resolution passed by the School Board in January 2021, educators and administration worked together to create a day of learning opportunities to “…better educate ourselves and seek to educate the community on the historical and current impact of racism and discrimination on our students, families, and communities, as well as understand our role in perpetuating such inequity” (Resolution Supporting the Development of an Anti-Racist School Climate by the Board of Directors of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District; Approved, July 20, 2020).

    From kindergarten to 12th grade, from art to science classes, students participated in a wide-range of activities that centered Black voices and focused on the Black experience in America, past, present, and future. Thank you to our teachers and staff who led thoughtful discussions, facilitated exploratory writing, enaged in art projects, and came up with many creative ways to recognize this day, an important one for WSSD. We look forward to building upon the work that has begun here and the necessary actions that WSSD continues to take to make our schools and community more inclusive and safe for all. Beginning with understanding and affirmation, we strive forward together.

    Here is just a sampling of the different projects and activities that took place across WSSD on that day.