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The Community Read Aloud page of the Scotts Ridge Middle School library page discusses anti-racism and the school hosted a community read aloud of the book "Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You" by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. The school also hosted the co-author Jason Reynolds to discuss about this week with middle school students. All the book offerings are about "elevate the voices of young activists, inspire calls to action, and explain complex issues such as racism, sexism, environmentalism, and immigration."*

The page also carries the text below about anti-racism:

"Anti-racism begins with action @SRMS!

In the context of the disturbing divisiveness that is occurring in the world today and what we can do, however small, to make a difference, Scotts Ridge Middle School participated in Global Read Aloud 2020, a 10-year global reading initiative created by teacher/author/speaker Pernille Ripp that began October 5th. Traditionally, teachers read aloud from chosen books (below) over a six week period and connect with other classrooms worldwide however they'd like.

Why are we doing this? Students need to see how we can come together as a community and the importance of our reading lives. Students will learn from the YA and middle grade books chosen for this year's event, centering on the history of marginalized communities, especially Asian and African Americans. Anti-racist initiatives begin with action. This is one small step."

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Submitted: Jan 17, 2022