Jason Burris P'26 writes: "We are doing good considering all that is happening. REmote school was very smooth for our daughter, Zoe Burris '26, and we were grateful that we had a device and home for her to thrive in. However the social aspect was deeply missed and desired by Zoe. As a sixth grader, that's such an important part of her life and development. Zoe wants to go back to school asap!
"She wants to do something with RE people now and not wait till the fall. We are very grateful to be part of the RE family which also has opened up various opportunities to serve the community.
"This is not new to us as my wife, Jenise, and I are currently stateside missionaries but we enjoyed getting out and helping and being the hands and feet of God's grace to others. The last four weeks have been tough emotionally as a black family who spends times in three different cultural contexts. It’s been challenging to navigate the relationships we have that are new and don’t have much depth because there is an awkwardness and tension to the racial, political and pandemic realities. So while Zoe and her nine-year-old brother have grown up in Miami, as parents we have grown up with these realities and experiences. Some of the worst things are having to remind our kids that it’s still an uphill battle while teaching them what’s right. Unfortunately many times what we teach is only taught at home because the world we live in teaches differently. Lastly, I’m interested in what RE's response is and how to move forward. I’m very new to this community and this is the one area that I’m hesitant about in the RE family. Though we have loved our experience at RE we hope there continues to be openness and a continued posture to learn, include, and celebrate racial diversity and oneness."
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.