AS said that “We all sing with the same voice if we keep up with each other”
KM said, “I think this song is about being friends.”
This morning I had a few children ask me if I went to the Women’s March this weekend. In the past, I have tried to keep my political views generally out of the classroom, but this feels very different. It feels different because of the intensity of the issues at hand for our nation and our world, but mostly it feels different because we are more than just a school. Tulip Tree Preschool is a community and the elected President and current cabinet picks do not stand to uphold the core values we have laid out here.
So I told the children, “Yes. I marched in the rain on Saturday. I walked with 100,000 people, carrying a sign that said, ‘Love Still Lives Here’.” And then I asked if anyone else had marched this weekend. Every child at my lunch table raised their hands and children at every lunch table chimed in too. I felt an amazing sense of love living here. I felt an incredible sense of hope and strength in our community. Strength in support. Strength in willingness. Strength in numbers.
I would like to find connections through the community of ways that we can help. Nora has strong ties with Americorp and often does tree planting with Friends of Trees. If you are worried about environmental issues, Nora is a great person to talk to about volunteer opportunities. We have a parent in the community that works for Planned Parenthood that might be able to guide us to some volunteer opportunities to help support reproductive rights. Sarah Lu and Xochilth are also hosting Tulip Tree Talks- about Race and Intersectionality, next Monday, and will host a meeting each month. If you have more ideas for the community, I would love to hear all of them. I know that a lot of people feel that they wish that they could help and aren’t sure what tangible things they can do.
I’d like to thank all of the families for making our school more than just a school. Thank you for making our community a nurturing and hopeful place.