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PDC Cultural Mosaic: The Role of Light in Winter Festivals

Virtual

The Parents Diversity Council hosts a monthly event to learn about the different cultures. This is open to prek-2nd grade families. This month we will learn about how light is a symbol and used in different cultural Winter Festivals. Please email for the Zoom link: pdcbedforddavis@gmail.com

Parents Diversity Council Annual General Meeting

Virtual

All current and prospective members of the Parents Diversity Council - join us to hear about our successes in 2020 and our plans for 2021! This event is open to all and will be held virtually. RSVP to pdcbedford@gmail.com to get the link.

Recurring

Race and Identity: A Forum for Bedford’s Schools and Community

Virtual

Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Parents Diversity Council are teaming up to provide a forum for Community and School to come together to talk about racism.   These workshops, facilitated by trainers from IDEAS (part of the EDCO Collaborative), are intended for teachers, members of the community and parents with children in the school system. Break out group discussions will intentionally be a mix of these three groups and provide opportunities to hear different experiences and perspectives.   Participants will: - learn strategies to talk about and disrupt ongoing racism, - discuss historical examples of racism and how racism shows

Free

Recurring

Book Club – Parents Diversity Council

Zoom

The Bedford Parents Diversity Council is hosting a spring book discussion group. This will be their last book series of the 2020 - 2021 school year.  The PDC provides all of us with an opportunity to continue to dive deeply into American History and look at our history from different lenses. They will be discussing the book: A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America , by Ronald Takaki and adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. Readers will meet over 3 sessions in April and May on: April 28th at 7 PM, May 12th, at 7 PM and May

Free

Diwali Celebration – Let’s Light A Diya!

Town of Bedford, MA 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA

Let’s light a diya together!  Join the library and the Parents Diversity Council to celebrate and learn about the meaning of Diwali (Dee-vah-lee) and how it is celebrated, and do a craft that represents part of the Diwali traditions. Click this link to learn more! Pick up an activity kit at the library beginning Wednesday, November 3rd.  (Available while supplies last.) To receive the Zoom link and an email reminder for the event, sign up below or RSVP on the Parents Diversity Council Facebook event.

Free

MLK Community Service Project – Donation Drive

Town of Bedford, MA 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA

As part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, Bedford Embraces Diversity, the Parents Diversity Council and the Rotary Club will be holding a donation drive to support the Bedford Food Bank, which provides for about 120 households a week and is always in need of items that aren’t available through Greater Boston Food Bank or other donors.  Items on this list include: antiperspirant shampoo toilet paper paper towels laundry detergent tabs socks for men and women Clorox wipes diapers pullups incontinence underwear for men and women Youth and Family Services also accepts gift cards to distribute to residents

Free

The ABCs of Racism: Fostering Conversations about Race and Action with Kids

Virtual

The ABCs of Racism: Fostering Conversations about Race and Action with Kids, Jan. 27, 7-9 PM, via Zoom Please join the Parents Diversity Council for a special workshop for parents and caregivers. Geared for White or multiracial audiences, this workshop explores fundamental concepts of systemic racism, the barriers that block us from engaging with kids around race and racism, the social science of race awareness in children, and strategies to start and sustain antiracist action in school and at home. Presented by Wee the People. To RSVP for the zoom link, email: pdcbedford@gmail.com

Free

Chipotle Fundraiser – Parents Diversity Council

Chipotle 301 Great Road, Bedford

Dine out for a good cause - to support the programs of the Parents Diversity Council! 33% of sales the night of Tuesday, April 5 will go to the PDC, from 4-8 PM. Show the attached flyer if dining in, or use code MZKN89Z if ordering online. Chipotle, 301 Great Rd Thanks for your support!  

PDC Discussion with Author Jennifer De Leon

Bedford High School 9 My Way, Bedford

In tandem with Bedford High's reading of Don't Ask Me Where I'm From and student/author visit, the Parents Diversity Council (PDC) offers a connection to the project by inviting parents and community members to read the book, then attend an in-person discussion with Ms. De Leon. Wednesday, April 6, 7 PM Bedford High School, Large Group Instruction room Jennifer's novel of a Latinx student accepted into a suburban METCO program inspires empathy and encourages getting to know people as individuals instead of types of skin colors, emphasizing that no single group's experience or background is the same for everyone in

Free

Meet the Tutu Teacher! (Davis School Author in Residence)

Davis School 401 Davis Road, Bedford, MA

The Parents Diversity Council and BEST PTO invite families to meet former Davis Kindergarten teacher, Vera Ahiyya, author of the brand new book, You Have a Voice! Ms. Ahiyya will be the Author in Residence at Davis on May 2 and 3.  The evening of May 2, she will be able to meet with parents and families.  She will make a brief presentation, read her book, and have time for Q and A and book signings.  Along with LOTS of hugs for former students (who knew her as Ms. Corbett when she taught kindergarten at Davis)! This event is open

Free