A Special Message from Superintendent Bob Maxwell on behalf of the Pullman Public Schools Board of Directors
To the Students, Staff, Families, and Community of Pullman:
We are heartbroken and deeply concerned by the violence we are seeing across the nation towards people of color. Racism and inequality are unacceptable everywhere, including the Pullman School District. As a district and as an educational community, we stand in solidarity with our students, staff, families, friends, and neighbors of color.
Like many of you, we watched the video of the murder of George Floyd and have experienced sadness, outrage, and anger. This is not an isolated event, and we acknowledge the many displays of racism, bigotry, and hatred people of color in our country experience.
Our Pullman Promise clearly states our commitment to an “Inclusive culture in which we value each individual and celebrate our community’s diversity”. We take this commitment seriously, and we are committed to ongoing efforts to fight racism and inequality. As a district, we know it will take community partnerships and conversations to lean into the work of eliminating racism, bias, and injustice. Discussions about these topics can be uncomfortable, but are necessary.
A few resources that may be helpful in talking to children about racism:
Talking with kids about race:
- How to talk to kids about race and racism
- EmbraceRace.org Webinars
- Your kids aren’t too young to talk about race: resource roundup
- Teaching Tolerance: Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
To those who feel unnoticed or underrepresented in our schools or in our community: we care for you and welcome you, without exception. We are committed to ensuring that every member of our Pullman Public Schools community is safe, can learn, and can thrive in an educational environment free of racism and inequality.