What is Avery Parents for 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. In 2023, the group expanded its scope to focus on fostering a welcoming and inclusive community for all Avery families, including families of color, LGBTQ+ children and families, lower-income families, and families whose students have IEPs, IHPs, or 504 plans, and others.
We usually meet once a month in the Avery library or online. We are PTO-affiliated and collaborate with equity parent groups at all of the 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 and beyond.
We hope to be a school and community where all children are supported in their journey toward personal and academic success; where all families feel welcome in all aspects of school and 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.