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    United in our Commitment to Students
    Posted on 09/21/2016
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    Seattle Public Schools is United in our Commitment to Students

    Along with virtually every school in Seattle Public Schools, John Muir Elementary School has set ambitious goals around improving students’ academic success and building positive student-adult relationships.

    Friday, September 16, 2016, the school planned to host a gathering of more than 100 African American men from our community to affirm their support of students and their success.

    The event, called Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative was designed to benefit all John Muir students, giving students the opportunity to see black men in a positive light – as role models, mentors and leaders. Close to 50 percent of Muir’s student population is African American.

    Unfortunately, the intent of the event was overshadowed by negative press resulting in a threat to the school building and safety of our students and staff. The district had to postpone the student celebration late Thursday evening.

    On Friday morning the school and grounds were swept and families were informed that school would be in session.

    In the meantime, something remarkable happened. Many of our African American community members and supporters including pastors, firemen, police and city leaders showed up at the school.

    The men showed up because they are united in their commitment to our students and our community. They showed up because they love our students. They showed up because it was the right thing to do.

    So, while the official celebration was postponed, the African American men in attendance chose to proceed with a smaller but moving and inspirational welcome to the school day. It was abundantly clear in their messages of unity and hope that our students are loved and that our community stands with John Muir.

    This last week a small but mighty group of educators and a committed group of African American men demonstrated to anyone lucky enough to be at the school, that in our community we have enough love, enough resolve, and enough commitment to ensure that every child in Seattle thrives.

    We want to express our deep gratitude to our community. Thank you.