Approximately 100 parents and guardians attended a special celebration marking the launch of RCDS Community Connections (RCC), a committee focused on building a sense of belonging for all families with the belief that fostering inclusion, promoting respect, and celebrating human differences and commonalities among families benefits our students and nurtures their academic environment. The festive dinner in the MS/US Dining Room included a poetry reading by Upper School English Department Chair and NAACP Image Award Nominee Iain Pollock, as well as School updates from Headmaster Scott Nelson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Ali Morgan, Parents Association President Rosa Perkins, and RCC Co-Chairs Alison Hinds-Pearl and Marla Felton. Attendees learned about the past, present, and future of the diversity and inclusion initiative and how parent engagement is integral to the strength of Rye Country Day. In her welcome remarks, Parents Association President Rosa Perkins reminded families of their valued membership within the RCDS community, "You're not just welcome here. You belong here." She also articulated RCC's commitment to creating a space for all families to participate in and contribute to the school community through programs that promote networking and intergenerational learning and create brave spaces for conversations that drive thought leadership and celebrate diversity at RCDS.
Thanks to Co-Chairs Alison Hinds-Pearl and Marla Felton and to PA President Rosa Perkins for coordinating this enjoyable and inspiring community gathering.