The Weston Education Foundation (WEF) has created a Racial Justice Education Fund that will be used to fund educational projects to promote racial justice education and diversity efforts in Weston schools and the community.
A matching campaign on February 15 aims to raise at least $5,000 for the fund. All donations on that day up to a total of $2,500 will be matched 100 percent by private donors.
“This is not a temporary, knee-jerk initiative,” said WEF Grants Chair Martin Mohabeer. “Instead, we want to support efforts to combat systemic racism and encourage courageous conversations around racial justice, equity, and inclusion in our community.”
WEF recently contributed to two educational projects focused on issues of inclusion and representation.
In October of 2020, the Foundation provided funds to Weston High School to purchase culturally diverse texts for English classes at all four grade levels. More recently, WEF contributed funds to Lachat’s MLK Day of Service. The grant was used to help purchase a book that commemorates an historically significant event in Black history. Copies of the book were given to families who participated in the Day of Service and to teachers at Weston’s elementary schools.
“Racism is everywhere, all the time,” said Mr. Mohabeer. “We all have a responsibility to help solve racial injustice. This is challenging and lifelong work. WEF’s Racial Justice Education Fund will support community engagement and advance local advocacy and education regarding racial inequities in our community.”
For more information, visit a related Weston Education Foundation web page.