GET READY TO CELEBRATE!
Monday, October 8, 2018
is Indigenous Peoples Day!
Last year, we celebrated our very first Indigenous Peoples Day here at our school and experienced first-hand, the outcomes of the previous year’s fourth grade students’ determination in pushing the IPD resolution through Milwaukee County. Special recognition for ICS teacher, Ms. Allison Jornlin, who has tirelessly worked with the students from the very beginning of this effort and believes that, “children do not need to wait until they are adults to make a difference.”
Mr. Dropik, Head of School also shared that, “it’s important for our students to be part of the process and to raise awareness for others in Wisconsin.”
What’s happening statewide?
Last year, Indian Community School students joined Representative David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) and other legislators at a Press Conference, Legislators Lobby Briefing and Rally at the State Capitol in Madison to persuade lawmakers to vote “YES” in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. ICS students were joined by teachers, parents, ICS School Board members and community members (about 300 people total), in a show of support for a bill that would rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day throughout the State of Wisconsin.
The bill is said to have bipartisan support in the State Assembly — if the legislation passes, our students will have helped to make Wisconsin the 5th state that recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day – joining Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota!
Great work students – we are so very proud of you!