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What is a Community?

In recognition of the individuals who died tragically at Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a month ago, a number of teachers and parents joined yesterday in a short walk. In classrooms, teachers dedicated a period of time to read stories and hold discussions about courage, empathy, and making a difference in small or large ways. In consideration of age-appropriateness, it was our indirect way of commemorating lives lost—as a school, it is incumbent upon us to continue building a caring, healthy community.

To widen the lens, please review this link, which is the statement that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times on Sunday, March 11. It was written by the California Association of Independent Schools and signed by over 180 schools across the state, including Gillispie School.

Over the past month, it has been inspiring to watch students across the country take a stand and demand a call to action by national leaders to do their part in ending school violence. It gives us hope that we are raising children to be global citizens who demonstrate integrity and compassion.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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