Dear Westfield Families, Staff and Friends,

In this very emotional and difficult time, we want to let you know that you are always on our minds and in our hearts.  We care deeply for all of you, your children and all the members of the Brockton Community. We are outraged, angry, and profoundly saddened by the incomprehensible murder of George Floyd and all those before him who lost their lives because of senseless, racial violence. We want you to know that we strongly stand against racism, hate and systemic inequalities.  We hurt for our community, we hurt for people of color, and we hurt for anyone who faces these injustices every day.

Since opening our doors in 1966, Westfield has celebrated the diversity of its children, families and staff. Now, more than ever, we realize there is much more we can do.  As educators and advocates for all children, we commit to working harder than ever before to change the landscape of our society. As a part of our commitment, our classrooms will explore more ways that we can support children in understanding about race and racism.  We will also be sharing articles and resources on our Facebook page and our website to provide support, build a deeper understanding of racism, and encourage important conversations.  Our goal is always to promote equality for all, unity, integrity, and kindness. We hope that you will join us in this important work by sharing your thoughts, ideas, and resources by emailing or calling a member of our administrative team https://www.westfieldchildcenter.org/meet-our-administrative-team-.html

We know that many of you are feeling overwhelmed and we want you to know that we are here for you. If there is anything we can do to support you or your family, please reach out to us.

With love and gratitude,

Lisa B. Litcoff

Executive Director

 

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite”. – Nelson Mandela