Longfellow Elementary School students, staff, families and neighbors led a “One Race, Human Race” Walk from the school to Union Station Tuesday afternoon, March 29.
The walk was dedicated to promoting equity and raising consciousness throughout the Kansas City community and society as a whole. The goal was to cultivate empathy, integrity and self-awareness in order to develop students into respectful, honest and generous adults. Longfellow Elementary is focused on walking to raise awareness for various social issues, including social justice, diversity, autism and pride in KCPS.
“The importance of sharing our vision with students, parents and the community at large resonates deep within our school’s mission,” Principal Peter Retsos said. “We believe that in order to change the world, we must develop ourselves first. In turn, we influence the people around us.”
Upon arrival at Union Station, students, staff and community members gave speeches on the critical issues that were the focus of the walk, particularly the equal treatment of every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or physical, mental or emotional health. Participants were challenged to take tangible steps towards helping make positive change. The school plans to make this an annual event, and Retsos hopes that future “One Race, Human Race” Walks will draw participants from across Kansas City.