A message to the Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change family

Dear MMAEC Community,

It’s tough to find the words to start today’s letter. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who are targeted because of their skin color have shaken us to the core. As your leader of this school, it is important that we speak out against these atrocities. The tragedies, murders and injustices that have taken place are devastating.

MMAEC was founded almost 7 years ago on the fundamental premise that students, teachers, staff and family members have seeds of greatness within us, regardless of their skin color. We are committed to building an inclusive environment here at MMAEC, one that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. We still stand on this promise, and we aren’t backing down now.

An important aspect of creating an inclusive environment is having open and honest conversations. Erica Prime, the lead psychologist at  Macomb Montessori Academy, compiled a comprehensive resource list for parents and guardians to have conversations with children about what happened to George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality or racism. You can find a link to her blog post here.

I will end by letting you know that MMAEC is here for you today and always! We acknowledge our responsibility to be part of the solution. We are committed to doing our part. And we are committed to continued action.

Ali DuBois
Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change