Diversity: Community Invited to Attend Bedford Schools’ Forum at 7 pm on Thursday, March 20


Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford-Embraces-Diversity_In his second letter to parents and the community last Thursday, Superintendent Jon Sills invited the greater Bedford community to a public forum and working meeting in the John Glenn Middle School auditorium at 7 pm on Thursday, March 20.

“I’d like to invite any family, student or staff member who [are] interested in working together to address these issues to join me at a public forum and working meeting,” wrote Sills. “After a short introduction updating attendees, we will spend the first part of the session taking comments and suggestions from the audience.  We will then break into smaller groups to brainstorm next steps that the schools might take to strengthen our anti-bias culture, as it relates to anti-Semitism in particular and to all forms of intolerance in general.”

Sills continued, “The school leadership team has met and is reaching out to organizations like Facing History and Ourselves as well as to local clergy and town/community leaders to both deepen and broaden the impact of this important work.”

Click here to read Sills’s full message to the community: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2014/03/12/school-incidents-additional-thoughts-and-an-invitation-from-superintendent-jon-sills/

In a telephone interview with a Bedford Citizen reporter Mark Rubin, President the Bedford Jewish Community, said, “We appreciate and support the efforts of Superintendent Jon Sills, our Clergy, School Administration, and Town Officials, in their efforts to investigate the issues and respond with a plan to continue Bedford’s tradition of welcoming diversity and being a place where tolerance and acceptance are the norm.”

On Saturday the Bedford Clergy Association announced a community-wide campaign, Love Your Neighbor, that included the following interdenominational community blessing:

May our beloved town of Bedford
be blessed with healing from all hatred,
May our homes overflow with loving kindness,
May all our children grow up in the safety that
encourages them to be their own best selves,
May our public spaces welcome strangers and friends
with abundant grace,
And may our citizens of all backgrounds and traditions
share generously with and learn eagerly from one another.

The Bedford Clergy Association anticipates working within the community to assist in clarifying and addressing issues of diversity.

To download and print the Bedford Clergy Association’s Bedford Embraces Diversity Poster click the poster link.



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