A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - June 24, 2020

Dear Black River Community,

Over the past few weeks, we all have had the opportunity to clearly see how people in our country are affected by racial inequality.  The video footage and the stories that have come out have been difficult to watch, but offer us an opportunity for better understanding of all of the people in our country and community.

At Black River, we have always felt that the value and respect of others is paramount to the education and experience we work so hard to provide.  We all know that our mission statement begins with an emphasis on preparing students for "college and for life," but the second, lesser known sentence of our mission is: "We want to have our students discover responsibility for their own lives as well as empathy for all people and cultures."

While this has always been in our mission and has always been important to us, we must continue to do our best to understand and address these issues.  I am excited for the opportunities our students will have through clubs like Calling all Colors and be nice. to work to make our school the best that it can be in supporting every single student and family in our BR community.  This is our culture and our kids are already leaders in this regard.

We are BR, and we value every single child.

Shannon Brunink

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