High Rock/Pollard PTC, SEPAC Plans First Community Week
The High Rock and Pollard Middle School Parent Teacher Council and the Special Education Parent Advisory Council in Needham are sponsoring the first Community Week, April 23-28, to celebrate diversity and tolerance in the community.
The week-long program will feature a variety of presentations and events that highlight issues around disability, race and sexual orientation.
All programs are open to the community and will be held at Pollard Middle School.
On the agenda:
- Film: "Including Samuel"—Monday, April 23, 7-9 p.m. The film “Including Samuel” explores the practice of inclusion and its value for all students. Discussion moderated by Denise Garlick, Mary Lammi and Dr. Lisa Chen.
- PFLAG talk—Tuesday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. Lecture and discussion with Cheryl Jacques and Boston PFLAG on acceptance and understanding of gay and lesbian community members. Includes film of a high school football star and gay teen.
- "The Price of Privilege"—Wednesday, April 25, 7-9 p.m. Join Jon Mattleman, Christine Brumbach and Sandy Robinson to examine and discuss how wealth may not guarantee success and happiness in “The Price of Privilege," by Madeline Levine. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Needham Community Council on this evening.
- "Can We Talk"—Thursday, April 26, 7-9 p.m. Two films will be shown, one for adults and one for youths. “Can We Talk?” is an adult film regarding the 1970s Boston Busing Crisis, followed by a discussion moderated by Boston Busing Project of UMN. “Far From Home” is a youth film depicting the challenges of a Weston METCO student, with Joanne Allen-Willoughby and Sandra Walters of NPS.
- Travis Roy talk—Friday, April 27, 7-9 p.m. Travis Roy questions and reflects upon our values toward Attitude, Ability and Achievement, and how far Respect can take us.
- Community Walk—Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Community Walk for Respect from the Pollard Middle School to High Rock School and back (2 miles). Celebrate after with refreshments and entertainment by Needham Plugged In Teen Band.
Learn more about these programs at highrockpollardptc.org.