Martin Luther King, in a message about what people might say at his funeral, said, "I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody."
King's influence in this country is undeniable. We have racial issues and we can and will work together to overcome them. We know we must treat and love each other better than we did the day before. We know it is important to listen to each other more. It is vital that we stand with each other daily. We must respect and love each other with purpose.
Early in the spring of 2020, WHS created an Equity Team with the vision of WHS being a place where all students and staff truly feel safe, included, respected, supported, and inspired to succeed regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status. We are dejected, upset, and resolute in fulfilling our mission in light of recent events and unyielding examples of discrimination in America. First, however, we acknowledge that we as a school community need to learn, grow, and change. Simply, we need to be better. We don't want to let you down ever again. To our students of color and families of color, we care about and value you. We will rise up and seek social justice alongside you.
Last fall, our Black Student Association began working on the beautiful sign that you see here. It is hanging in our halls and reminds us daily to strive to live up to Dr. King's example and work every day to love somebody, to follow The Westfield Way as a Shamrock, and be 10% more kind, present, positive, and grateful than the day before.
Westfield will make improvements and become a place where all students and staff truly felt safe, included, respected, supported, and inspired to succeed regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status, so that someday, someone might say of every Shamrock, "they loved somebody."