Five years ago, a small eastern Connecticut community made headlines for all the wrong reasons. When the town, which is 94 percent white, hosted a high school football game, African American students on the other team were greeted with racial taunts.
Jerry Fisher, who is executive director of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, was dismayed not only by the hurtful comments but also by the fact that they went unchallenged.
Attorney Lonnie Braxton, shown here having lunch with students, serves on the board of the New London Public Library, where he runs an annual film festival with significant films relating to African-American history. He has visited nearly every site on the Civil Rights Trail.
“I was anxious to do something to rectify the situation,” Fisher says, “to change things and approach the racism that seemed to be inherent in our towns. It wasn’t the students who were the problem,” he adds. “It was the parents. We wanted to address the way those parents were modeling for their children. And that’s how our program was born.” Read more
Teachers, students, administrators, and community members all took part in Old Saybrook’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Run.
Saturday’s bright sun and brisk morning temps made for perfect conditions for Old Saybrook’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Run.
A major fundraiser organized by Old Saybrook High School building rep and science teacher Amber Scherber and fellow science teacher Karen Carlone, the December 2 race brought in nearly 100 participants and garnered the strong support of teachers from every school in the district.
“This race is really a collaborative effort of so many educators,” says Carlone. “The Old Saybrook Education Association and the PTO work hand in hand to make it a success.” Read more