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    Betsy Hamilton, Superintendent
    Dr. Betsy Hamilton, Superintendent
    December 2019: Creating a Culture of Compassion and Inclusion

    Creating a culture of compassion and inclusion for everyone at our schools--students, administrators, teachers, support staff and parents--is a foundational value at LESD. We take pride in being kind to one another and in appreciating the qualities in each of us that make us unique. Differences in cultures, experiences and perspectives are assets that enrich our school communities. This month I would like to highlight how Jane Addams Middle School, known simply as JAMS, is setting the standard on creating a positive and compassionate school culture. 

     

    JAMS recently partnered with WE Schools and the NFL to participate in the “Huddle for Good”, which inspires people to make meaningful and lasting contributions to their communities. The JAMS Leadership class planned a “homeless care package” drive. They created public service announcements, presentations, and the Bengal News spread the word out about their cause. JAMS students created 300 homeless care packages by contributing over 10,000 volunteer minutes in just one day! The care packages were delivered to homeless individuals in Skid Row. 

     

    In addition, JAMS was recognized as a recipient of the Sandy Hook Promise “Start with Hello Week Award”. Sandy Hook Promise is a school violence prevention organization, and along with the “Start with Hello” campaign, supports school efforts to prevent bullying and violence. JAMS was selected from hundreds of submissions across the country. The Start With Hello program is designed to help students break the ice, overcome social barriers, and get to know one another in order to create and sustain an inclusive culture and school community.

     

    Teaching our students empathy and compassion helps develop model citizens who will carry on these values to future generations.  At LESD we proudly support programs and partnerships that will ensure that all schools are supportive safe havens for our children and our community.

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  • The Board of Trustees is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, family, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.