"In diversity there is beauty and there is strength"
- Maya Angelou
One of the goals of our PTA is to build a stronger community that welcomes all people and respects their personal identities and backgrounds. In order to do this, we need to make sure that every member of the LP community feels welcomed, safe and supported. We stand against hate, racism and discrimination of any kind.
Teaching our kids about diversity is the first step to furthering their understanding of the world in which we live and helps prepare them for lives in a multicultural society. Through our various programs and events, we hope to provide and promote an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment and is a safe place for all students to learn and thrive.
staff RESOURCE library
One of our main initiatives has been building a staff lending library full of inclusive stories and diverse authors. Los Perales staff can access this community-created resource to incorporate these books into their class curriculum.
Following is a list of recommended books to share with your children. (Each book cover image is linked to a read aloud video.) Many of these books can be found in our resource library. Please come back and visit this page regularly as it will be updated every month with new recommendations.
support marcus books + los perales
Located in Oakland, Marcus Books is the oldest independent Black-owned bookstore in the country. Please consider supporting this small business when shopping for books! When you write "LP Elementary" in the comment box at check out, LP will get 10% product credit for our school to purchase more DEIB books!
Please contact Linda Lathrop, VP of Community, for more information. We welcome your ideas and feedback!