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FORJ: Affinity Spaces, Snack Volunteers + Recent Events

Hi Franklin Families,

Our school staff and leaders prioritize the Newton Public Schools (NPS) statement of values, including providing affinity spaces for students of color that support identity and community development (learn more).

Franklin's Affinity Mentoring Enrichment (FAME) program was born five years ago and expanded in 2021-22. FAME teachers & staff meet with 4th + 5th grade Black, Latinx and Asian American/Pacific Islander students monthly after school to engage in personal identity development, community-building and celebration. FORJ proudly supports the work of FAME. We're looking for volunteers to provide snacks for FAME meetings 1x/month. Volunteer today:

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Recently, two principals of color were attacked in the media for their community actions after the Rittenhouse verdict in Wisconsin. NPS administration expressed support for NNHS' Henry Turner and Bigelow MS' Chassity Coston and we do too. If you would like to lend your voice in support or learn more, please see this message from Newton middle school PTOs.

We are planning spring programming for Franklin; we invite your questions and input, and will continue to share FORJ Newton events.

With gratitude,

Jackie Savage-Borne and Siobhan Crosby

FORJ Franklin FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Franklin supports diversity, equity and inclusion across the Franklin community through greater awareness, education, and engagement.

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