Belonging Precedes Believing

belonging precedes believing

Belonging precedes believing.

It’s true for our students. True for our teachers. True for nearly everyone in our schools.

The ways we include or exclude others deeply impact their initial perceptions of our efforts to help them.

And this isn’t just wrapped up in what we say. It’s in the way we greet people. The way our campuses look at first sight. What people see when they drive by the bus loop and parent pickup.

It’s our duty to include others, wire to wire, each and every day at school because, for nearly all with whom we interact, feeling like they belong has to be there before they will believe us when we say things we mean.

Things like…

We put kids first.

We do what’s best for all students.

We’re a family here.

In our work at school, belonging precedes believing.

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