- School Reporting
June 1, 2020
Dear GRCDC Families,
As a school leader, and (just as importantly) as a mama, it is hard to put into words the feelings and experiences of the last two weeks in our country and our city. Our shared values at the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center are inspiration, potential, connection, and equity. All of these values are challenged in the face of police brutality, racial violence, and senseless loss of life. We, as a community, cannot be silent in such times. I want GRCDC families of color to know that our school community stands with you and against oppression and violence and I want to challenge our white families to continue the work of education, activism, and acts of solidarity that are so important for change.
Talking to children about the killing of George Floyd, the actions of Amy Cooper, the protests across the country, and the historical and current context of all of this can seem daunting as a parent. However, at GRCDC we hold the image of the child as strong, full of potential, and powerful. We know that children can grapple with complex ideas and are wired for justice. We also know that in our silence, children will fill in the blanks. Children of all races need to have conversations with their families, caregivers, and educators to process what they are seeing and hearing.
Here are some resources that you may find helpful:
In addition to talking with and supporting your children, this is a difficult time for adults as well. The trauma of COVID-19 has been compounded in many of our families and stress is high. Please remember, help is available:
Resource List WMCAT has created a robust list of resources available in West Michigan and beyond. Categories on this list include:
Also, GRCDC staff are here to help support you and your children, as well. Please fill out one of these surveys to request support. OR, just email me or call/text me and I will connect you with resources for what you need- firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-206-3868.
GRCDC families- you are loved, you are missed, and you are heard. Our work continues.