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(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) In Virginia, at least one town’s trying to educate kids about racism.
Via a Freedom of Information Act request, advocacy group Parents Defending Education recently obtained emails between Amazon and Arlington Public Schools.
According to documents, in February, Amazon contacted the district as part of a donation effort by its NeighborGood program.
From the initiative’s website : NeighborGood is a not-for-profit corporation that mobilizes, empowers, and resources neighborhoods financially and/or organizationally to start initiatives that benefit the schools and/or communities to which they belong. We help identify the biggest community needs and helps connect those needs to particular neighborhoods who can help. As part of the retail giant’s Black History Month measures, Amazon Public Relations Manager Justin Grayson wrote the following to Arlington Public Schools Director of Communications Frank Bellavia: “Amazon Logistics will be delivering smiles to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that empower Black voices and serve Black communities. Through Amazon’s NeighborGood program, we have committed to donating $100,000 to a select group of recipients in Atlanta, Georgia; Arlington, Virginia; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.” The email indicated Amazon would contribute “items from Black-owned small businesses and books by Black authors, as well as financial donations that support the company’s efforts to invest in education and technology by providing devices to students and families in historically underserved communities.”
Justin went on to explain that, in the past, Amazon had “donated kindles, laptops, school supplies, robotics equipment.”
He relayed he’d “work to ID the best options” once the “appropriate parties” were reached.
Justin also explained the company was “looking for a school that serves a large population of Black students and families.”
Also attractive: schools “located in an historically underserved community,” comprised of students “interested in the arts or innovation,” and having “specific other needs related to student access to technology and devices.”
Kindles may have been good, but Arlington Public Schools Director of Diversity and Inclusion Arron Gregory wrote back with the following request: “I corresponded with our library services, and this opportunity is so timely. Library services just spoke to Wakefield about trying to purchase the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, […]
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