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Celebrating Diversity

Students come from many different types of families, and they all have a right to know that the city they call home supports and welcomes them.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
3 min readJun 13, 2024

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The key theme running through [The Great Big Book of Families] is that every family is different, and that’s OK.

– Littleparachutes.com

When my step-daughter heard about the book being read to the students at Saticoy Elementary School last year she was a little jealous: “I wish we had that assembly when I was in school. When my parents got divorced I thought that made me different. In my experience, all families had a mom and a dad. Mine did not have that anymore.”

While “The Great Big Book of Families” was being presented as part of Pride Month, its message is an important one, even for children beyond the LGBTQIA+ community. Exclusion is like a cancer enveloping additional groups as it metastasizes. Elementary school students can be inoculated from this by ensuring they all feel accepted as they gather around a teacher for story time.

The Armenian immigrants who comprised a large segment of those who violently protested…

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Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com