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November 2022

Dear RARE Supporters and Friends,

Here is your opportunity to support racial equity. PLEASE DONATE TO RARE

RARE’s Fall Fundraising Campaign is happening now. This short-but-mighty campaign will wrap up on Giving Tuesday, November 29th. To kickstart the drive, valued friends of RARE and our Board created a matching fund of $18,000.

Here’s what RARE is doing, why we’re doing it. This is why we are asking for your support today.

RARE’S PROGRAMS ARE DRIVEN BY OUR MISSION

1. TO CONTRIBUTE TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF RACIAL EQUITY

Our 2022 film Roosevelt High School: Beyond Black & White has been seen in schools, places of worship, community organizations, public television, and other channels. Your contribution will help us take this to a larger audience. We welcome volunteers on this important project!

2. TO HEAL THE RACIAL DIVIDE

Segregation in Seattle’s neighborhoods and schools has been the greatest barrier to building an equitable city. RARE addresses this proactively with Connections, which launched its pilot project this past summer. This experiential program brings together diverse groups of students by engaging in fun activities outside the classroom, grounded in mutual respect. The students loved it.

Next spring, we will offer Connections to selected students at two high schools — Roosevelt and Garfield. Your contribution will help us expand the program to include more students, more activities, and eventually more schools.

3. TO ENHANCE EQUITABLE OUTCOMES FOR ALL PEOPLE

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) acknowledges that it has a long history of inequitable educational and discipline outcomes for students of color and RARE supports the new SPS Restorative Practices Program’s goals to introduce and implement practices that work towards building more supportive and inclusive school communities. Sadly, few SPS schools currently receive training and funding.

RARE is collaborating with parents, students, educators, local governments, and other community organizations to form a coalition to advocate for funding restorative practices in the Seattle Public Schools district.

RARE’s Open Discussions Committee in collaboration with the RHS PTSA will schedule two informational restorative practice panel discussions with RHS students and families. The panels will introduce and discuss restorative practices concepts. We expect to expand these discussions.

Also, RARE is working on plans to collaborate with the non-profit Breakfast Group to develop a webpage on career resources for students, parents, and counselors. Your contribution will help move this resource program forward.

We deeply appreciate your support of RARE’s racial equity goals. For Giving Tuesday 2022, please join our supporters with a one-time personally meaningful gift, a recurring “equity sustaining” gift, or a gift of your time.

These options and more can be found on our donation page. Please contact us anytime with your questions or comments. Your support is helping us build a more equitable community!

Joe Hunter, Jr.
RHS Class of 1971
joe_hunterjr@yahoo.com

Tony Allison
RHS Class of 1971
anthonypallison@gmail.com

“The work of Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) is a great source of support to Roosevelt High School, and to my goals as Principal.  RARE’s projects and discussion sessions are helping to move our school and our community toward more equity and more understanding of racial issues.”.Principal Tami Brewer, Roosevelt High School, Seattle

Connections

Documentary Film