Central Elementary still has Polk signs up and their PTA is still "Polk PTA"
Thank you all for your support:
We want to thank everyone who attended and called-in to the board meeting on July 26 and everyone who has helped us along the way. We made a strong showing despite not getting what we wanted. FYI- Malachi Suarez Elementary got only 5 less votes than Central Elementary on the survey.
Read about how Central Unified ignored the community https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education-lab/article263865102.html
Read an article about Maria Moreno https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/1/2055480/-A-Profile-in-Courage-Maria-Moreno-The-First-Farm-Worker-Woman-Union-Organizer-in-America
Read another article about Maria Moreno https://www.colorlines.com/articles/meet-maria-moreno-first-farm-worker-woman-america-be-hired-union-organizer?fbclid=IwAR0sAYMbCWEew9udUi6WYQ6KFYu5pad8c1MfOsw_1e7h6qUDBi-PN5Z4lyI
Read an article about Malachi's Success https://gvwire.com/2022/06/29/its-polk-no-more-trustees-vote-to-strip-slave-owning-presidents-name-from-school/
Mims-A racist sheriff who is anti-immigrant https://gvwire.com/2022/07/14/margaret-mims-elementary-radio-hosts-want-sheriffs-name-on-fresno-school/
Articles, proposed school logo, earlier articles, and mission:
Read the article about Central Unified's response to my proposal. (By Vic Bedoian- Community Alliance https://fresnoalliance.com/fourth-grade-student-with-a-history-lesson-confronts-school-district/
Read the articles: about Central Unified's response to my proposal. (By Bill Berkowitz- TheDailyKOS) https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/23/2053977/-Fourth-Grader-at-Fresno-s-Polk-Elementary-Educates-School-District-Calls-for-Name-Change
Proposed School Logo
More Articles from the beginning of the project
Read the first article about my project. (By Kiera Kaiser- The kNOw Youth Media https://theknowfresno.org/04/21/2021/4th-grader-from-polk-elementary-demands-that-his-school-be-renamed/
Read the article about my presentation to the board and their unwillingness to vote. https://theknowfresno.org/07/30/2021/polk-elementary-the-next-step-in-one-students-battle-to-rename-his-school/
Mission of the project
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 should change the mascot to the axolotls, an amphibian known for its ability to regenerate body parts. This encourages us to seek continuous growth, promotes healing, and will help raise awareness about their endangered status.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on the project