Rename Polk Elementary

Help me change the name of my school (my G.A.T.E. community service project)

Mission of the project

I would like the name of my school to be changed because James K. Polk does not represent the ideals of our school district. He used Manifest Destiny, the idea that some people are superior and more deserving based on the color of their skin, to wage an unjust war and steal land from Mexicans and Indigenous. He also owned slaves and opposed abolition. Having my school named after Polk makes me feel unwelcome and disgusted. There are plenty of honorable people of color who have done great things for our community who should be honored instead. Central Unified should do what is right and stop celebrating a person who is not a role model for our community. Central Unified's student body is 85% students of color. It is time to celebrate a person of color by naming my school after someone like Maria Moreno who was the first woman farm laborer to be hired as a union organizer. When we see people like us being celebrated, it makes us feel like we can accomplish great things. We cannot change the past, but we can make changes to improve our future.

Effort 1

Read the article about my project to rename my school. Then share it.

https://theknowfresno.org/04/21/2021/4th-grader-from-polk-elementary-demands-that-his-school-be-renamed/

Sign my change.org petition and share it. We are 114 signatures away from 1,500!

http://chng.it/PSrzWwJzDy

Effort 2

Read the article about my presentation to the board and their unwillingness to vote. Then share it. Also, support The kNOw Youth Media

https://theknowfresno.org/07/30/2021/polk-elementary-the-next-step-in-one-students-battle-to-rename-his-school/



Effort 3

Read the article about Central Unified's disappointing response to my proposal. Then share it. Also, support The Community Alliance

https://fresnoalliance.com/fourth-grade-student-with-a-history-lesson-confronts-school-district/


Effort 4

Read TheDailyKOS article about Central Unified's disappointing response to my proposal. Then share it.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/23/2053977/-Fourth-Grader-at-Fresno-s-Polk-Elementary-Educates-School-District-Calls-for-Name-Change



Questions?

Email: renamepolkelementary@gmail.com to get more information on the project