From the Head of School

Another winter week and another snow day… Last week’s highlight was certainly our Martin Luther King Jr. Community Meeting on Friday. It was a real community event, from planning to execution. Students from Mr. Smith’s Government and Politics class played a key role in educating us about Dr. King and the role of peaceful protest in the Civil Rights Movement. We were truly fortunate to be able to welcome Ben Chin, Deputy Director of the Maine People’s Alliance, to deliver the keynote message. His work affecting change in Lewiston-Auburn in the living conditions of low- income housing units in the community was driven by an awakening to the power of his convictions. His message, about getting involved in issues you care about, was timely and relevant.

The theme for this year’s celebration came from MLK Jr.: “The time is always right to do what is right.” In my comments I offered to kick off the morning I started with a few sentences from King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” in April of 1963:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

As we look to the work ahead of us in our community and we build it together, bringing out the very best in each of us and in our collective whole, we can take guidance from his words. We too are tied into a single garment of destiny, and whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We too cannot sit idly by, we must agree to act, we must not be bystanders. We have a choice. As our theme calls to us in Dr. King’s words, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

You may have heard from your students that one result of our work this month is an agreement agreed that cell phones will be in backpacks, on teacher’s desks or in “shoe cubbies” during classes until permission is given to use them. Students and faculty alike have agreed to this simple step, and it is the first of many initiatives that will help move our community forward.

It was another good week, and the work being done by students, faculty, and staff to help create the community that we want here at Lincoln is inspiring. I am certain that our efforts will result in a supportive, inclusive, and rigorous learning environment where we can challenge all students to lead fulfilling lives.

Please be in touch if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from parents any time.

–Jeff Burroughs burroughs@lincolnacademy.org