As everyone in the LPS Richmond community knows, we have struggled to earn Friday free dress this year. In fact during the first 6 weeks of school, we have only managed to earn free dress one time!
Hopefully, this week will start a new trend and we will begin to earn free dress on a regular basis, but until then, let's hope that we can learn from our mistakes in the past and use them to motivate us towards a better future.
Towards that end, Voices will now publish Ms. Benjamin's weekly free dress announcements. We hope this is a way to be very explicit about what we did well and not so well in the previous week.
So, here it goes: last week's free dress announcement....
for Friday, October 2nd
Good afternoon, this is Ms. Benjamin with your free dress announcement.
I have told you all repeatedly this year how impressed I have been with the work that has been going on in classes. And this week your teachers have told me that it has been another good week. Unfortunately, I cannot spend time telling you again how proud I am of you because of a distressing trend that began this week on campus.
Three cell phones and one student’s backpack were all stolen on our campus this week. Much like wanting to have a community that doesn’t fight to solve our problems, doesn’t destroy our bathrooms and put graffiti on our walls, and doesn’t throw trash on the ground of our new campus, I refuse to accept the fact that we would steal from one another in a strong and healthy community. And I hope that you refuse to accept this as well.
Last week I told you that if one person does not feel safe on our campus, then our community as a whole is not safe. This would apply to our situation this week as well. I refuse to accept the idea that LPS Richmond is a community whose members cannot trust each other. But if we have to worry about the safety of our personal belongings, it does mean that certain members of our community our violating the trust of the entire community.
So, we cannot celebrate the end of our week with free dress because some members of our community have had their trust violated by other members of our community. When our entire LPS Richmond community can feel strong with no one feeling violated or unsafe, then we will celebrate. Until then, we will simply have to work hard to do better next week.
Thank you, and have a good afternoon, the LPS Richmond way.