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Community members present 'safety and acceptance' event

A coalition of local  leaders will stand together to promote safety and acceptance in Buffalo schools and the wider community.

Citing "an increase in hateful acts and bullying" since the Nov. 8 elections, organizers will assemble at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Lafayette High School, 307 Lafayette Ave., to publicly affirm support for all children and families regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, religion or national origin.

The coalition includes Barbara Seals-Nevergold, president of the Buffalo School Board; Jennifer Mecozzi, West District School Board Member; Emily Brady, director of language services International Institute of Buffalo; representatives from the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and District Parent Coordinating Council; Damien Mordecai, director of engagement an education at the Pride Center of WNY; as well as students, educators and community members.

The event follows a Nov. 16 joint letter from Seals Nevergold and Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash on the importance of safety, acceptance and diversity for students of Buffalo Public Schools and the schools community.

"We are in a moment in time when it is imperative that each child and family in this District feels how precious they are, how valued, how cared for and how safe and protected they are - in our schools and in their communities," a portion of the letter read.

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