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THIS WEEK IN HORIZON (March 23 - 27, 2015)
Kevin C. Garinger – Director of Education

This week has been a culmination of what began last week in terms of healing, acceptance and change for our students, our staff, our parents and our communities. On Friday, March 27th, staff and students, members of the Board, parents and special guests were part of an assembly we referred to as “Safe & Caring: Culturally Responsive”. The assembly, arranged by principal Gene Unruh and his staff in collaboration with my office, was in response to an incident of online racism. The incident sparked a great deal of angst and anger in and around the community of Raymore and was extremely emotional and volatile for those involved. The delicate nature of the issue made addressing it even more critical and I want to commend the students and staff of Raymore School for how each of them has handled this situation. It is the response to a crisis that reveals true character and what I have witnessed was the will of all parties to move beyond tolerance to a deeper understanding that leads to empathy and ultimately, forgiveness. The challenge that I echoed last week for each of us to look at our own circumstance and the underlying issues in our own community was accepted and lived out in Raymore School. It has been challenging for all stakeholders but it is so true that, in every crisis, there is an opportunity to learn and to grow. Each of us has a part to play in the solution regardless of the role we’ve had in the issue and I saw every person in the gym, from student to staff to trustee to ministry of education, wanting to be part of the solution.






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