Signs promote inclusive environment

Teachers place signs in class

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Signs promote inclusive environment

Senior Simon Lewin works on a computer  in the Library Media Center next to the All Are Welcome Here sign. Media Specialist Ellen George put the sign to send a message of acceptance and understanding.

Senior Simon Lewin works on a computer in the Library Media Center next to the All Are Welcome Here sign. Media Specialist Ellen George put the sign to send a message of acceptance and understanding.

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Senior Simon Lewin works on a computer in the Library Media Center next to the All Are Welcome Here sign. Media Specialist Ellen George put the sign to send a message of acceptance and understanding.

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Senior Simon Lewin works on a computer in the Library Media Center next to the All Are Welcome Here sign. Media Specialist Ellen George put the sign to send a message of acceptance and understanding.

Hannah Leff

Biology teacher Casie Budolfson hung a colorful “All Are Welcome Here” sign above her classroom door, hoping to send a message of inclusion to students.

Budolfson said she placed the sign in her room to create a welcoming environment for her students.

“I feel like there are a lot of people feeling marginalized lately and that they don’t belong for many reasons,” Budolfson said. I just want to make sure all my students know that I feel they belong here.”

According to Jaime Chismar, founder of All Are Welcome Here, LLC, the signs are meant to promote positivity and inclusivity for communities.

Media specialist Ellen George said she thinks many people feel unsafe and unwanted.

“The tenor in our country has felt really bad. Anyone who is different could feel threatened nowadays,” George said.

Junior Ruwayda Said said she noticed the signs in her biology class and felt a sense of unity.

“It is nice to have some solidarity. (The signs) make a more welcoming atmosphere for us and immigrants in general or anyone who feels out of place,” Said said.

Chismar said she feels honored to be a part of how teachers foster a safer classroom.

“It’s really teachers who help teach kindness and inclusion and respect for people who are different,” Chismar said. We are a part of how (teachers) want to welcome students into their classroom and create an environment where students feel safe.”

George said she positioned her “All Are Welcome Here” sign in the front of the Media Center to send a message of acceptance and understanding.

“I wanted people to know that there are still many of us who still understand that we are all immigrants and that immigrants are a strength in this country. It is important to us that message is out there,” George said. “(The sign) is one way to make sure that message is in the Library Media Center every day.”

Chismar said All Are Welcome Here, LLC often tries to show its appreciation for teachers.

“We try to offer (teachers) a discount or throw in some stickers. A lot of teachers spend their own personal time and finances on their students,” Chismar said.

According to Chrismar, the signs, along with buttons and stickers, are for sale on the All Are Welcome Here website and local realtors.

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