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Building a Stronger Community

posted Feb 11, 2013, 7:05 AM by Susan Conley

2/10/13


Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

     Recent events in our school and community have been deeply disturbing and hurtful.  These events have caused pain to many, particularly those from the Jewish community.  Community members have expressed their level of concern as well as their sorrow. These events do not define the families of Cumberland and North Yarmouth.  Conduct that minimizes the Holocaust or appears to approve of those who perpetrated it has no place in our schools or our community.  Ultimately, we have an opportunity to respond and work towards building a stronger school community. We welcome all religions, races, disabilities, ethnicities, nationalities, genders and sexual orientations. At MSAD #51 and Greely High School, while we are educators, our highest priority is keeping our kids safe from physical and emotional harm.


Recently, we have had discussions with the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine and the Hate Crimes Response Project of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. We will be meeting with them in the coming days in order to discuss some of the resources available to assist us in our work. Our Civil Rights Team has also scheduled a visit from Brandon Baldwin from the State Attorney General’s Office. Brandon will be speaking to all of our students at an assembly. The MSAD #51 PTO has also offered to help us with community outreach. We are hoping you will join us in our efforts.


I am proud of the efforts of our students and our faculty and staff to make our school as safe and respectful as possible.  I am committed to supporting and expanding on these efforts.


Sincerely,


Dan McKeone
Greely High School Principal