A Message from Jenks Public Schools on Race and Equality
In the days following the senseless death of George Floyd, we have reflected on our core values and our place in the community. Our hearts go out to the families of all those who have lost their lives due to racism and injustice. For far too long, Black people in our country have been marginalized and treated unfairly. Real change can occur when we learn to love and appreciate our differences. Jenks Public Schools has a role to play in shaping the hearts and minds of a new generation.
At JPS, we are a community of diverse learners. Our diversity makes us strong. Students from all races, religions, and backgrounds enhance the learning environment by sharing their unique perspective and experiences. Every student and every employee is a valued member of our Trojan Family.
Education is a mission that goes far beyond any subject or test. Educating our students means helping them develop empathy. It means recognizing and celebrating our differences. It means showing compassion, kindness, and respect to all people. Education means listening to others who are not like you.
Every day in our schools, this is the kind of culture we will work to create. Every student deserves the same opportunities. Not a single student or staff member should be treated differently because of the color of their skin.
We are committed to equality and inclusion. We will continue to strive to make our staff demographics more reflective of our student population. We will not shy away from the racist events in our own city’s history. We will continue to teach Black history and tell students about the Tulsa Race Massacre as part of our curriculum.
We acknowledge we are not perfect, but we are committed to improving our practices to ensure all voices are heard. We are listening. We will continue to listen.