In the past week, it seems our world has begun to fracture and come apart at the seams. Pain, fear and inequity have been laid bare in the face of violence, devastation and death. The Boone County School district is committed to acknowledging that we don't have all the answers to the world's injustices, but we can at least listen. We can be understanding. We will do our part to be respectful, inclusive, empowering, and celebrate life no matter who you are, where you come from or what your life experiences have been. We want to be your place of refuge. A place you can come to and know that you matter, this is your home and we care about you as a member of this family.
What can you do to make a difference? Listen and then speak. Especially to people who may have a different life experience than you. At work and at home, ask your neighbor, friend and co-worker how they are doing. You might be the only one to do so and your listening ear can lift the feeling of isolation. Don't fear offending someone. Everyone wants to be heard and cared for. Communication is the most basic form of caring and kindness. If we talk to one another we can't help but come together and overcome the obstacles we face. You can be one person who starts the process today. Your simple question and genuine interest may be the relief someone you know needs right now.
Randy J. Poe, Ed.D.
Boone County Schools has resources that we hope will be of help. We have a Wellness Balance Helpline staffed by School Psychologists and Counselors. It is open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
Call the BCS Wellness Balance Helpline at 859.283.3248 ext: 38248
Other resources include:
Disrupting Dehumanization for boys and young men of color
How to be an upstander when racism is witnessed
How to start a conversation about race