community resources

Statement: Progress Update From Saline Superintendent Scot Graden 

Press Release: Pittsfield Charter Township Community Letter to Residents in the Saline School District

Press Release: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity and Saline - 2020 

Document: Talking To Kids About Discrimination Is Important 

Document: Talking To Kids About Race (and Racism) 

Video: District Vision of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Document: Social Justice Reading List

LETTER FROM WOODLAND MEADOWS PRINCIPAL | FEBRUARY 2020

Good Afternoon Woodland Meadows’ Families:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to you. Our community and schools are struggling mightily right now. None of us are immune to the ugliness of racism in our schools and community. We must stand up to those who would try to continue to divide us. 

I stand with Superintendent Graden and the rest of the Saline Area Schools Administration and together we will address offensive and insensitive comments as they arise in our schools. I encourage you to do the same.  Take time to discuss race and racism with your child. Acknowledge the strength we find in diversity. Assure your child that discrimination, racism, and intolerant comments will not be condoned in their school. Help your child to know that our staff is available to them if they need to report intolerant, hurtful or racist words or actions.  Here are some helpful resources:

A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Talking Race with Young Children

Talking to Children about Racial Bias

Finally, I also want to recognize the partnership we share in educating your young children.  When and if racial issues arise at Woodland Meadows, we will capitalize on the opportunity to partner with you in teaching about the hurtful nature of such actions, on supporting students who have been harmed, and on teaching students so they know better.  As Maya Angelou once said, “When you know better, you do better.” Join me in continued learning and growth so that we can all know better, and all do better.  

Please take a moment to read Superintendent Graden’s blog, originally posted on April 30, 2019: The Courage to Challenge Insensitive Comments as well as his statement from January 27, 2020: Statement Regarding Racial Incident on Social Media by SHS Students.

Together let us make Saline Area Schools, our community, and the world a safe and inclusive space for all.

In Partnership,

Michelle Szczechowicz, Ed. S. | Principal, Woodland Meadows

LETTER FROM PLEASANT RIDGE PRINCIPAL | FEBRUARY 2020

Good morning Pleasant Ridge family,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to you. Our community and schools are struggling mightily right now. None of us are immune to the ugliness of racism in our schools and community. We must stand up to those who would try to continue to divide us. 

I stand with Superintendent Graden and the rest of the Saline Area Schools Administration and together will address offensive and insensitive comments as they arise in our schools.  I encourage you to do the same.

Please take a moment to read Superintendent Graden’s blog, originally posted on April 30, 2019: The Courage to Challenge Insensitive Comments as well as his statement from January 27, 2020: Statement Regarding Racial Incident on Social Media by SHS Students.

Together let us make Saline Area Schools, our community, and the world a safe and inclusive space for all.

Yours in service,

Betty Rosen-Leacher |  | Principal, Pleasant Ridge 

LETTER FROM THE FOUNDATION FOR SALINE AREA SCHOOLS | FEBRUARY 2020

FSAS Volunteers,              

Our community is struggling with hard truths about the realities faced by many of our students and families.  We imagine that many of you are cycling through the same range of emotions that we, as the leaders of the Foundation, are: anger, frustration, helplessness, shame and deep sadness to name a few.  

There is one more emotion that we want you to add to that list, and that is pride. You, as a dedicated volunteer to the Foundation, should be proud because you are already part of the solution that our district needs right now.  We do this by providing our students, staff and teachers the resources they need to implement changes that will allow everyone in our district and community to feel part of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

We have many dedicated staff and students who have already identified the need for change and have come to us for help, allowing the Foundation the opportunity to support a variety of DE&I initiatives, through grants like:

Guiding our Media Centers with the Compass – In the fall of 2018 our K-5 media center specialist came together and identified a need for additional texts focusing on social justice and highlighting diverse characters. The new texts funded by the Foundation will help to provide “windows and mirrors” for our students to help them feel valued and globally connected.

"Thank you to the Foundation for believing in this grant and allowing our children to see themselves in books and feel validated! You have played a vital role in the books we now shelve at Saline Schools!" - Mary Ledford

Kindness Rocks & Outdoor Learning Space – The Connecting Club, a student organization at the high school whose mission is to provide a desirable, inclusive, and welcoming community, created an outdoor work space where students and staff can go to work, eat lunch, or find a place to sit and hang out together to foster a sense of community. This space is filled with kindness rocks created by the club using grant monies from a prior year.

Compass Connected Libraries – Jen Gates, at the middle school, added over 50 young adult books to her classroom library. They were selected in an effort to promote understanding of Social Justice and help students learn how to positively contribute to the lives of others, while demonstrating empathy for differences in peers and community. Jen recognized that it is essential for our students to be exposed to texts that showcase diversity and include individuals acting with empathy in situations where social issues, or conflicts due to inequity/unfair treatment, occur. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Kits – Most recently, we approved a grant submitted by the student group UpRoar! requesting materials for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Library. The Foundation provided funding for learning kits available for check out by teachers, students, clubs, groups, etc…  These kits will include 12-15 books, a manual with questions, and opportunities for further learning and action.

“To build a just and diverse community and society, we have to understand different experiences and perspectives of the diverse world we live in.” - UpRoar!

We are proud, and you should be too, that the Foundation has been at the forefront of partnering with the district and supporting these grants and other DE&I initiatives. 

Recent events demonstrate that there is much work still to be done. The Foundation is poised to be an integral part of that work by supporting the initiatives that can change the culture in our schools and community so that all of our students are afforded a safe and inclusive environment in which they can learn. Your commitment to this organization is one way that you can help shape the vision for the future and be part of the solution.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to realize this vision. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to either of us if you feel the need to discuss these or other Foundation related issues.

Katie Murphy, Board President

Annherst Kreitz, Executive Director