Storm clouds couldn’t keep teachers away from a rally last night in Bloomfield to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bloomfield fifth grade teacher Gail Jorden marches with 12-year-old Avery Kerrigan, whose mother, fellow Bloomfield fifth grade teacher Liz Kerrigan, also participated in the march.
Hundreds turned out for a community march for students, teachers, and families—Black Lives Matter in Bloomfield Schools—organized by Carmen Arace Intermediate School fifth grade teacher Mary Kay Rendock and her colleagues throughout the district.
“The idea to do this came to me after seeing East Hartford teachers rally for their kids and Windsor High School students organize their own event,” Rendock says. “I wanted ours to combine both teachers and students to show that we are one voice. Our students, most of them being black or brown, deserve to hear their teachers loudly proclaim, ‘Your lives matter! Your voice matters!’”
Rendock, who is Connecticut’s 2006 Teacher of the Year, gathered all 2020 Bloomfield Teachers of the Year—representing seven schools—to help plan the event. Read more
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The death of George Floyd and those of other African Americans as well as the inequities some of their students face weigh heavily on the minds of many educators. To show their support for their students and community the East Hartford Education Association Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission is organizing a peaceful rally and march this Saturday in East Hartford in partnership with CEA and Young-Educated-Determined to Succeed, Inc.
Monique Butler, who teaches fourth grade at East Hartford’s Norris Elementary School, is one of the educators who has been hard at work with colleagues and community members organizing the rally called BLACKOUT, which stands for Black Lives Actually Can’t Keep being Oppressed Until Tomorrow. The rally will take place Saturday, June 20, from noon to 3 p.m.
Butler says, “The overall message I’m sending is that we all stand together. I am working with East Hartford police to have a safe route, to practice social distancing, and to ensure our kids are seen and heard.” The organizers are also asking all participants to wear masks. Read more
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In the wee morning hours on Saturday, March 24, Connecticut teachers filled a bus bound for Washington, D.C., in a major show of support for students and safe schools.
Teachers from Avon, Bloomfield, Cheshire, Clinton, Cornwall, Coventry, East Hartford, Killingly, Manchester, Mansfield, Newington, Norwich, Tolland, Trumbull, and Waterbury—as well as retired educators from around the state—participated in the student-led March for Our Lives at the nation’s capital, joined by their colleagues in marches throughout Connecticut and worldwide.
Teachers gathered at Union Station in New Haven in the wee hours of Saturday morning to board a bus to Washington, D.C.
“We are here to support our nation’s students in their demand for meaningful action for safe schools,” said Bridgeport teacher Mia Dimbo. “It’s time to honor the victims of school shootings by passing commonsense gun laws and providing funding for mental health services and other school resources.” Read more