"You be you." "Do the small things every day." "I loved Jason's line: 'There are no cookies in this work. Doing it brings satisfaction and happiness in time.'" "When are they coming back to Pingree?"
Our halls and classrooms were filled with these comments and refreshing conversation about social justice, race, privilege, and identity yesterday after an accessible, human conversation with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, authors of our community read All American Boys. In addition to our assembly, Jason and Brendan attended morning English classes and talked with students in the halls and Commons. They shared the inspiration for their book, talked about their visits to other schools, and encouraged students to forge relationships and talk to each other about their experiences. I encourage you to ask your children about the assembly.