WE MUST ACT
We at Lake Country School are heartbroken and furious about the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police officers sworn to protect and serve all people. We are deeply sorry and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd.
WE MUST ACT FOR GEORGE
Our hearts also go out to the people, including the many staff members and families of Lake Country School, who live in the area and have been directly affected by the events of last week. We see you, hear you, and stand with you as we stand with the Black community and with all people of the global majority in this time of pain and anger. We are a community that encourages peace, but can understand the deeply felt rage that comes from not having a voice and the desire to be heard through action.
WE MUST ACT FOR THE COMMUNITY
We acknowledge that we have not done enough internally and externally to combat the systemic, institutional, and historic racism that exists. We have not taken overt action nor provided clear communication to act against racism and truly promote peace.
As a community, Lake Country School is committed the following actions:
--to be an anti-racist/anti-bias community
-to implement a comprehensive anti-racist/anti-bias education at all levels
-to actively recruit staff and families of the global majority
-to remove barriers through financial support for Montessori training for people of the global majority
-to listen, support, and work in partnership with organizations in our community and nationally that support equity and justice for people of the global majority
WE MUST ACT AGAINST RACISM AND FOR PEACE
Our mission and values of respect, responsibility, diversity, inclusion, Montessori education, love of work, peaceful community, and stewardship demand us to follow through with these commitments - if we do not, then we can no longer exist.
Head of School
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
How can families get support or help other families in need?
Please do not hesitate to email LCSOffice@lakecountryschool.org and let us know what your family needs; a safe place to stay for a few nights, food, or something else. Please also let us know if you have lost your business or experienced another serious consequence due to the riots this week. LCS will do what it can to support you directly or connect you with an organization or agency to provide support. You are important to our community and we want to do what we can to help.
If your family is able to provide support in the form of shelter, supplies, or connections to organizations or resources, please email us at LCSOffice@lakecountryschool.org. We are thankful to everyone who has already offered to support LCS families in a variety of ways. We have families who have been affected by the loss of their homes and businesses and we appreciate any assistance offered to help these families during this traumatic and difficult time.
Links to Resources, Organizations, and Support:
Ways to Help Our Community (Kingfield Neighborhood Association): There are some good links to other organizations and ways to help the community on their website. https://kingfield.org/looking-for-ways-to-help-our-city-community/
Resources for food, clothing, financial, medication (City of Minneapolis):
Want to Donate? Help Clean Up? Here are some Ideas. (Pioneer Press):
Need help? Want to help? Twin Cities groups offer resources for folks hurt by riots (Star Tribune):
How To Give Back To Your Besieged Community (WCCO):
Help Lake Street Clean-up & Rebuild
Links to Educational Resources:
Talking about Race and Anti-Racism with Children (Reading List from Ramsey County Library):
Hennepin County ebooks and audiobooks wildly available:
Teaching about race, racism and police violence:
How should teachers and parents talk to kids about police violence - The Washington Post
Teaching Tolerance - Don't Say Nothing - the importance of talking about racism
How to talk to kids about racism: An age by age guide:
Are your kids too young to talk about race? Use this helpful chart as a guide to starting these conversations with children and adolescents:
Anti-racism resources for white people:
Raising Antiracist Kids: Ibram X. Kendi with Derecka Purnell (Online Event Opportunity):