Toni Morrison said, “You need a whole community to raise a child,” and we parents know this to be true. We send our kids to school, we send them on playdates, and eventually, we send them out into the world. The word “community” has many different meanings, but this is my favorite one: A group of people living together in one place, especially one practicing common ownership. Common ownership. I like that. It leaves a feeling of belonging, a feeling of pride, a feeling of unity. There is a sense of common ownership at Unity Charter School. We have a whole commUnity indeed. Everyone who walks through the doors at 1 Evergreen Place contributes to the well-being of our commUnity. I know that when I send my children to school, they are being looked after and cared for. They are being taught to think for themselves and not only of themselves. They are learning how their actions affect not only them, or their classmates, but the world at large. They are learning to be responsible citizens of this earth. Through this blog, we hope we can extend our thoughts throughout the commUnity. We’ll keep you posted on Unity’s latest events, we’ll provide insight into what’s happening in the classrooms, and we’ll share information on Unity’s mission. We’ll hear from staff, parents, Board members, students and even from experts in the field of sustainability. Check back soon for the latest on the exciting things we’ve been a part of this year…. and what’s to come. We’re looking forward to sharing our commUnity in this way, and thank you for sharing the ownership of Unity with us! For more information on Unity Charter School, please visit us at www.unitycharterschool.org.
Ronni Arno Blaisdell is a Unity mom to a 6th grader and a 4th grader, a member of the Board of Trustees, and the Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Ronni is a Holistic Health Counselor and a writer and contributor to numerous health-related magazines, newsletters, websites, and blogs.
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