What is Avery Parents for Racial Equity?
In 2017, a group of parents gathered in a living room and decided to start a group to advocate for children and families of color, and explore how we can make our school community more supportive and inclusive.
We usually meet once a month in the Avery library. Some of us do book studies together - diving into issues involving race and education. We are separate from the PTO, but keep in close contact. We collaborate with racial equity parent groups at all elementary schools in the Webster Groves School District.
We strive to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice -- the systemic fair treatment of people of all races. We will generate transformative ideas, information and experiences/resources to produce equitable opportunities and better futures for all children and families at Avery.
We hope to be a school where all children are supported in their journey toward personal and academic success; where all families feel welcome in all aspects of school community; where teachers and staff receive training, encouragement and support to overcome generations of systemic racism in education; and where race no longer is a statistical predictor of educational success or social involvement.