A Community Message
Dear Members of the LFA Community,
Over the last few months, I have been in touch with you about LFA’s response to COVID-19. During this period, two of LFA’s four pillars have stood out to me in our community response: responsibility and citizenship. As citizens of our nation and world, we had to sacrifice our traditional school setting for the greater good. I am proud of our community’s resilience through this period.
Now another national issue calls for us to be responsible citizens. Like many of you, I watched in horror as George Floyd was killed while being restrained by Minneapolis police last week. It was particularly difficult to hear yet another African-American man audibly say “I can’t breathe” before losing his life in the hands of those sworn to protect him. Mr. Floyd’s death has sparked sadness and anger from many people across our nation. These emotions come from a history of violence against African-Americans that happens too often to this day. I referenced this violence in my Move Up Day speech this year.
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor come at a time when COVID-19 has already disproportionately impacted the African-American and Latino communities in the United States. To our African-American community members who are hurting right now, I want you to know that the LFA community and I honor and support you. In this moment we affirm our mission, which is to educate responsible citizens who work towards justice for all. Moreover, I am ready to listen to, care for and support members of our community who have been impacted in this moment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing me at email@example.com.
LFA’s values hold us to high standards; we are expected to engage in difficult conversations, to listen with open hearts, and to make space for all community members, no matter their background. We commit to addressing injustices peacefully and passionately through showing empathy, kindness, respect and care for one another. Furthermore, we hope that we as a nation can bring these issues forward without more violence. In this vein, I encourage you to connect with one another, care for one another and to challenge racism and bigotry in all its forms.
The idea of bringing students of different races, genders, and nationalities around our four pillars of scholarship, character, responsibility and citizenship is more important now than ever before. Thank you for your continued dedication to and care for our wonderful community.
José De Jesús
Head of School