As you may have noticed on the outdoor sign, last month’s Project Wisdom theme was “We’re Alike and Different.” Here at Horace Mann, we value the things that make us unique, such as our family’s country of origin. At the same time, we recognize that we all have so much in common, such as the desires to be safe and to love and to be loved in return.
Although we strive to be the best we can be, there is always room for improvement. In response to a letter written by a student about concerns for how some students were not treating each other kindly—because of a way the students were different—we have created a committee called Accepting Differences.
This committee is drafting a statement of purpose and scope of work, and we are seeking ideas and suggestions from our students’ families. Examples of programs/initiatives that work at other schools or your own creative ideas are welcome! We have a strong foundation in the caring tradition here at Horace Mann. We also have great momentum, thanks to the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program and recent PTA work around creating a playground that meets the needs of everyone. Please do contact me directly via email or phone to share any ideas or questions.
Dr. Merritt F. Waters