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In Wake of Swastika Incident, South Orange MS Students ‘Reflect, Reject, Embrace’

Editor’s note: The following is a letter from SOMS Principal Lynn Irby to the school community. It describes an upcoming project that is a response to a recent incident of a swastika being found in the school, part of several steps the school administration has taken to address the incident.  

Reflect, Reject, Embrace

SOMS Reflect, Reject, Embrace is one of many responses to the recent incidents of hatred in our nation, our community and our school. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week students will be engaged in a special project in an effort to show that hatred has no place at SOMS.

In their ELA classes students will discuss words/feelings/images that they reject and words/feelings/images that they embrace. They will then write these words on paper as part of a school wide display.

The words that are “rejected” will be shredded by the students and re-made into something meaningful. The “embrace” words will be posted on walls throughout the building.

Parent volunteers are welcome to help hang the “embrace” words Thursday after school between 3:30-5:30 pm.

Parents can also discuss words you would reject and embrace as a family at home, then visit the school in the New Year to see your children’s words in action!

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