“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance

and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, our community and country took a break from many of our usual routines in order to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

I am biased, but it is hard for me to imagine labor that does more to uplift humanity than the work we do together to educate and empower our community’s children. When I say “the work ‘we’ do together,” I truly mean all of us: teachers and para-educators, bus drivers, parents and extended family, nurses, secretaries, food services and support staff, administrators, coaches, volunteers, and – of course – the students themselves.

Our strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise, calls on us all to collectively commit that each of our community’s children will be cared for and will have opportunities that support a diversity of possible life choices. The Promise speaks to our shared values, many of which have been built on ideas that Dr. King spoke to so eloquently a generation or two ago … ideas about community and equity, excellence and determination, compassion and collective action. Those ideas really become powerful when they are brought to life through our actions, and I am proud to be able to say with honest conviction that we are in the midst of undertaking our important work with dignity and painstaking excellence.

I hope you have time in the coming days to reflect upon Dr. King’s legacy and how it lives on through our work. Thank you for doing your part!