Effort to celebrate differences at Ridgway schools meets resistance

Ridgway Elementary School second-graders shared with the board of education last week readings from a book they and teacher Julie Furstenfeld recently published. The book, “All Star Journal of Gratitude,” features colorful illustrations and carefully penned reasons for being grateful. Pictured left to right: Emma Baer, Elijah Clark and Claire Bailey.

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by Mary Menz

At its monthly work session last week, the Ridgway School District board of education heard elementary school principal Trish Greenwood describe the school’s plans to celebrate differences in family constructs, noting: some families are traditional in makeup; others are single-parent, step-parent or non-parent guardianships; and, others have same sex parents. The school’s celebration of differences extends to student gender identification, too.
“Staff has had training on gender identity. Realizing that student populations are changing, we are giving staff the tools needed to celebrate student differences,” explained Greenwood. “We’ve involved school counselors to assist us.”
Greenwood said the month-long celebration begins with...

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