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Inclusion and Diversity at Oak Meadow Montessori School

Inclusion and Diversity at Oak Meadow Montessori School

By Laura Carrier |

As we embrace the vibrant month of June, Oak Meadow Montessori School is excited to celebrate two significant occasions: Juneteenth and LGBTQ+ Pride Month. These celebrations reflect our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and the values that Maria Montessori instilled in us.

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and symbolizes freedom and justice. Although we will be off on June 19th, we encourage you to spend time reflecting on the significance of this day. There are numerous activities and events in the Boston area that families can participate in to honor Juneteenth.

Consider visiting the Museum of African American History, which offers exhibits and educational programs that provide deep insights into African American heritage. The Boston Public Library also hosts events and has a vast collection of books and resources that can help families learn more about the history and significance of Juneteenth, as do many of the Minuteman branches.

Families can attend local Juneteenth celebrations and festivals, such as the ones held in Franklin Park and Roxbury. These events typically feature music, performances, food, and activities that celebrate African American culture and history. Engaging in these community events provides a rich experience for children and adults alike.

Additionally, exploring historical landmarks and walking tours in Boston that focus on African American history is both educational and impactful. Sites like the Black Heritage Trail offer guided tours that highlight significant locations related to the African American experience in Boston.

June is also LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a time to recognize and honor the contributions, history, and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. While our time in school during June is limited, there are many ways families can engage with and celebrate Pride Month at home. Consider participating in local Pride events or parades, which often include family-friendly activities. You might also explore books, movies, and documentaries that highlight LGBTQ+ stories and experiences, fostering open discussions with your children about acceptance and diversity. By embracing these opportunities, we can extend the spirit of Pride Month beyond the classroom and into our everyday lives, reinforcing the values of inclusivity and respect.

In the words of Maria Montessori, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Through our educational endeavors, we aim to foster a sense of peace, understanding, and community within our school.

We invite you to join us in celebrating these important occasions by discussing their significance at home, and encouraging your children to share their thoughts and experiences. Together, we will create a more equitable and compassionate world for everyone.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in making Oak Meadow a place where every child can thrive.

Warm regards,

Jamie Steckart
Interim Head of School
Oak Meadow Montessori School