Monday, January 18, 2016

BVP Scholar Reflects on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is an important day. Today, we remember the legacy of a man whose impact on diversity and equal rights has a clear connection to BVP's mission. Here, we strive for intentional diversity and we often wonder about the perspectives of our scholars and how that mission resonates with them. So, we asked. Maggie Rodrigues is a 6th grade scholar at Middle School 1 who started at BVP this year. When we asked her to tell us what makes BVP different from her last school, this is what she had to share. 

By Maggie Rodrigues, College Class of 2026, Age 11

       See, I’m new to BVP and they were very welcoming to me. 

       It took me time to notice the wide variety of difference among scholars. We are white, black, Latino, new to this country, from different towns, and so much more. You might think I would notice this immediately, but one thing is for sure--it took me awhile because everyone treats each other equally, and that is a great thing. That is exactly the same thing that Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for our country. At BVP though, it’s not just with white and black students, but with every race and ethnicity you can think of.

       I feel like Dr. King would be so proud if he were alive to see our school and to know a place like this exists.

       Some benefits of attending this school are not being judged by your race, or ethnicity, or where you’re from. Also, there is a uniform to prevent any bullying because of what you wear or don’t wear. So, I think it’s safe to say that I, as a new student at this school, am so happy and proud to be a part of this judgement-free zone.

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