Letter From the Director
To the Jennings Community,
Tuesday June 2nd, 2020
THIS HAS BEEN A TOUGH YEAR:
For the Jennings Community School graduating class, 2020 has been a tough year. It has been for everyone. We have had many horrible things happen since the first day of the year.
On New Year’s Day, one of our former students passed away. She was a brilliant musician and songwriter who tragically died when her career was ready to take off. Her mother worked at Jennings and her sister also attended our school. We miss Alexis deeply.
Later, the Coronavirus hit. It hit us when just when our great spring days were approaching. Over 1000 Minnesotans and over 100,000 Americans have died. Two of our current students and one of our parents were infected by the disease. Fortunately, they have recovered.
Over 42 million Americans have lost jobs, including many of our students and their family members. This was a result of COVID-19.
And, to make matters much worse, a 46-year-old African American citizen was killed by four members of the Minneapolis police force. This sparked peaceful protests that evolved into violent and out of control demonstrations of violence, mayhem and looting. Lake Street in Minneapolis and Midway area in St. Paul look like warzones today.
For our graduates, they will have to endure, at least in the short run. The staff and school board are here for them. On Thursday, June 4, the entire staff and some board members plan on visiting with all the graduates either in the school parking lot or at their homes.
In the meanwhile, there are places for find food and other resources. Here are just some:
The Midway YMCA. They offer fresh food, produce and canned goods from noon-1 Monday-Friday.
Keystone, located on University near Prior, also offers a food shelf at 1916 University. Hours may vary right now as the website says: https://keystoneservices.org/contact/
On Monday's Open Hands Midway provides a free meal to all who are in need: https://www.openhandsmidway.org/
Finally, please be safe. There is a governor’s and mayors’ directive—I think it may be too risky to be out after curfew. Our students will survive; people also have. Hopefully when times are darkest, many become stronger and it’s the Jennings Community School’s students’ generation who will be counted on address many challenges they will be faced.