Since its inception, Parents for Public Schools has been committed to equity. Our board, staff, and participants are dedicated to listening, learning, and growing as we all work together to secure a high quality public education for each child in our schools.

We worked with multiple community partners this past month to encourage leaders in our community to participate in the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater training. Many thanks our sponsors: Vidant and ECU/BRACE (lead sponsors), Churches Outreach Network, Power of U, Trillium, and the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Use (supporting sponsors), as well as the Pitt County Collaborative for Children Youth and Families (collaborative sponsor). Attending the virtual training were Pitt County Schools leaders, County Commissioners, city leaders, Vidant’s CEO and employees, ECU employees, board members from PPS-PC, PEP participants from PPS-PC, and many other members of the Pitt County community.

The training allowed each of us to better understand advantages and disadvantages that directly relate to race across many systems in our society from education to healthcare, to the housing industry, and more. The same training will be offered by our collaborators at ECU/BRACE on March 30 from 1pm-4pm. If interested in participating, please email our Executive Director, Kylene Dibble at kdibble@ppspittcounty.org and she will put you in touch with the organizers. As a chapter we plan to continue the work with our community partners, taking more action  to address equity in both the schools and the community.