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Resources for our Community

Dear RPS Community,

This past weekend, many families honored and celebrated Juneteenth, which marks the date in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to work to ensure all enslaved people were freed—two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Just as freedom from slavery was slow to arrive then, so too is social justice for the African American community today. We must continue to confront personal biases and institutionalized racism if we are to create a world with justice and freedom for all.

In RPS, as educators, family members and lifelong learners, we acknowledge the patterns of inequality that still exist today. Together, as a community, we have the power to create change and to bring about racial, social and economic justice. 

In recognition of this holiday and to support us all in this work, we would like to share just a few of the many resources that some of our staff members have found meaningful when it comes to learning more about Juneteenth and the legacy of racism in our country. 

While it may sometimes feel like a never-ending struggle, we know that we must continue to learn and create change so that our children and grandchildren can live in a world where every individual is truly free.

Richfield Public Schools 

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Juneteenth

In RPS, as educators, family members and lifelong learners, we acknowledge the patterns of inequality that still exist today. Together, as a community, we have the power to create change and to bring about racial, social and economic justice. 

Chantelle Vaughn

Congratulations to Centennial social worker Chantelle Vaughn, who was one of ten educators across the nation to receive the 2022 Unity Award from PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center!

Holland Juell

“Angel has been my T.A. in a French 1 class all year and he is so helpful and makes the class of mostly freshmen feel welcomed,” says Madame Steele. “He helps answer questions and encourages their work while being a role model with his leadership skills and grades. Since he was in ninth grade, Angel has been vital in creating community in our classroom and bringing laughter to every class."

Holland Juell

“Madalyn is a gem of a human,” says RHS teacher and cheer coach Laurie Seibert. “She is caring, compassionate, detail-oriented and focused on helping others be the best they can be. I loved having her as a cheer captain her senior year, and I loved having her as my student aide every day of spring semester. She has a light that shines very bright.”

Holland Juell

“But it's not just Aaron’s talent that shines," said media specialist Melissa Glavas. "He's been so generous with his time in the studio. He's helped many students get started with the equipment and acted as a producer for others. I'm grateful for Aaron’s kindness in helping to make our new recording studio accessible to so many of his peers.”

Holland Juell

“I've had the pleasure of knowing Morgan since ninth grade,” says math teacher Laurie Seibert. “She is an absolutely incredible human: smart, kind, driven and has a beautiful soul. She is a dedicated and thoughtful person, who I was lucky enough to have in my presence each day of her senior year, when she was my student aide. I am very grateful to have maintained a connection with her through all four years of her high school experience! She brings me such joy.”

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