July 8, 2016
Dear Students, Graduates and Families,
Today, you are in my thoughts. In the past three days, our country has witnessed continued violence, spurred by racism. I grieve for the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five officers in Dallas. My heart aches for the devastating effect that racism and racial inequity have had on those families, and on our country. My heart aches for the devastating effect that racism and racial inequity have had on you, your families and the children of La Salle Middle School and De La Salle, Inc.
We are overwhelmed with the heartbreak and the grief. And in that heartbreak, we offer love to the grieving families in Baton Rouge, in St. Paul, in Dallas. We offer love to each of you, who witness daily the effects of an unjust system.
I am proud of the work of the students, families, educators, Board, volunteers and donors in our organization. Our work for racial equity through education is our declaration that Black lives matter.
If there is anything I can do, or we can do, for you, for your families, for your children, please know that our doors are always open.
De La Salle, Inc.