Silver Falls School District Families and Staff,

As an organization dedicated to learning, we believe that lifelong learning enriches us individually and as a community through increasing our understanding of the world around us. We’re taking time this week to learn about and celebrate Juneteenth — an American holiday recognized annually on June 19.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. It’s important to note that the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed all slaves almost two and a half years earlier. The delay of justice has occurred far too often throughout our history, and continues to be the experience of many Americans to this day.

As a district, we are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. On May 11, 2020, the Silver Falls School Board officially adopted an Equity policy.

We believe that now, more than ever, it is important to keep learning about our history and growing in our understanding of the perspectives of people whose voices and stories have too often been unheard. We hope as a community you will join us in this reflection.

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