Educational Justice Month

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There are a number of ways you can support educational justice now and in the coming months. Get a jump start on "Educational Justice Month" that will launch at MPBC in May! We'll have opportunities to deepen your awareness of the issues; engage in action as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week at Pinewood and launch Freedom School volunteer efforts for the summer; and connect our service to advocacy through voting on educational issues in the November election! Here are ways to jump in:


May Sage-ing Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 at noon
Join Alexis Young from Freedom School Partners and Laura Handler from MPBC as we connect our current engagement at Pinewood to Freedom Schools started in the summer of 1964. We'll examine educational issues past and present related to racial and economic [in]justices. Then learn how you can volunteer with FSP this summer!

Educational [In]Justice: Past, Present, and Future on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 am
Join us for a panel presentation investigating the history of racial inequities in education, our more recent state of emergency, and possible paths forward (attend for readings and resources!). In particular, we will consider how the work of Freedom School Partners connects to tenets of reparations. After deepening your awareness of the issues, respond to our calls for action and advocacy this summer at Pinewood and this fall on the ballot! 


May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week!
We are grateful to our members who have been appreciating and supporting classroom teachers at Pinewood all year long. Additionally, we will provide breakfast for staff during this week. Please contact Laura Handler ( to help serve or contribute financially.

Freedom School will run from June 17 to July 25. Explore opportunities listed here to engage with scholars and their families in a number of ways--behind the scenes or directly at Pinewood! This landing page has sign-ups for most roles this summer. The summer Finale will be in Heaton Hall on July 25 - sign up for this special event here!



Visit our table after worship on Sundays in May to learn about more ways to advocate for various educational issues on the ballot in November!

Connect with Karen Taylor, Nancy Hudson, Cindy Adcock, or Laura Handler for any of these educational justice initiatives!

Thanks for your support! 


Freedom School Partners
  • Claim your date this summer to be a guest reader at Harambee! Sign-up here (more volunteer opportunities to come, we promise!)
  • We are coming down the home stretch and need volunteer support to complete enrichment kits and put together other essential items for the sites this summerInterested in volunteering? Click here to sign up today!
  • High-needs supplies: if you can help with these materials, please email Alexis Young ( (40) Painters buckets (5 gal.); Shoe boxes; Packs of new plain white t-shirts (adult & youth sizes); New Board games.
  • Spanish translators needed for written materials as well as in-person events! Please click here if interested and someone from FSP will contact you. 

Thanks for your support!