Trojan Good Things, 2/4

Trojan Good Things, 2/4
Posted on 02/04/2022
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Welcome to a wintry Friday, Trojans! I have two warm and fuzzy Good Things to share with you below, which are perfect for this cold afternoon. I am also greatly encouraged - as I hope you are - by updated guidance from ADH/DESE (which Mrs. Barnes sent you all earlier) allowing us to relax our Contact Tracing protocols. I want to assure you, we remain committed to providing rapid Covid-tests, and sending students who test positive for Covid-19 and/or who are sick home from school. I also know you are relieved, as I am, to shift our focus away from pandemic-mode, and back to our roles as educators and our vital responsibilities in being part of a professional team at an educational institution in this community. I appreciate you all, and hope you have a warm and safe weekend! 


Here’s an uplifting and moving read for you … Trojan Senior Marlissa Archie won a Thea Foundation Scholarship for her entry in Creative Writing. An excerpt from her beautiful poem is below. The poem is called “I live in the grey.”

I live in a space that was forbidden and unfair 

I live in a space where the table held no respect for the chair But as I stand here today, I take in both sides 

As I stand here today, I am proof of the healing divide As I stand here today, I look towards tomorrow 

One where we fix our mistakes and diminish our sorrow A future where we can proudly converge 

A system where equity and love emerge.
I am Black,
and I am white.
I live in the grey.
I am Black,
and I am white.
I strive for peace every day.”


I also want to share an email from a Trojan staff member regarding a positive experience she had earlier this week to provide support/services to one of our families. 


“We are in such a beautiful job. Today, I was alerted by one of our amazing Oaklawn Stem teachers, Ms. Southern that one of her students was in need. I called Mrs. Rosburg who was very helpful in getting funds provided by The United Way to help the family. Mrs. Freeman was also called to help coordinate services for the family. Mrs. Anderson let me interrupt her responsibilities to sign for approval. Our Ms. Foxworth made sure the students were sent home with lots of food from OSTEM’s food pantry , provided by a generous private donor and delivered by Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church to our school monthly. I met the dad to get them the services they needed and returned the credit card to a smiling Mina Perez.   

There were so many moving parts that worked well today with everyone all in for kids that helped us send kids home knowing they had what they needed.  My heart is full and all these angels need to know the impact they made today.” 


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