Winchester High School PFA
Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

 
WHS Students have presented a student-led initiative to the School Committee to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day within Winchester. The students would like to share their reasoning with the WHSPFA community and have prepared the following outline listed below and additional background information available here
Questions for the students may be directed through Principal Dennis Mahoney, who is facilitating, though not organizing, the students. This is a student led initiative. 
 
Why Columbus Day Should be Changed to 
Indigenous Peoples Day? 
 
Recognition of Native Peoples' Contributions
 
Indigenous peoples played an integral role in aiding early settlers in America 
They shared knowledge on how to live off of the land
They gave suffering Pilgrims a chance to establish themselves in the New World
Native peoples' ideas of representational and checked democracy are still prominent in today's society
In contrast, Columbus never set foot in America
 
Columbus' Treatment of Native Peoples
 
Took natives as prisoners
Subjected them to harsh, deadly conditions
Forced natives into servitude
Enslaved 1000s of natives to be sold for profit in Europe
Where Columbus did land in the New World, nearly all natives perished
 
The Time is Right
 
Over the last 10 years, more than 50 cities and college campuses have renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
Several states have renamed the holiday to commemorate native peoples
Multiple towns in Massachusetts have renamed Columbus Day, to name a few: Amherst, Brookline, Cambridge
 
Why Winchester?
 
This initiative gives voice to Winchester's commitment to respect, integrity, and pride
Supports a student initiative that embodies a central tenet of the Winchester school system: service learning
Reinforces the veneration our community places on those who are indigenous to the local area
Continues to set a positive example for surrounding communities 
Advances discussion about local history already present in Winchester schools

 

Help Support the PFA's Direct Appeal 

                            
 

The Direct Appeal is the PFA's sole fundraising activity for the whole year. Please consider participating in the Direct Appeal effort to help support our teachers and give our students great additional learning resources.

Any questions regarding our direct appeal, please email to whspfa@gmail.com 

Our success depends on the involvement and support of all the WHS families. There are three ways to donate to this year’s Direct Appeal Campaign:

  1. Mail a check payable to "WHS PFA",  Winchester High School, Attn: Direct Appeal, 80 Skillings Rd., Winchester, MA 01890. Please write your child’s name and grade in the memo section.  
  2. If you have a Paypal account, you can donate directly to PFAdirectappeal@gmail.com
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The WHS PFA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (FEIN 46-4196353), registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and all donations are tax-deductible and eligible for your company’s matching gift program.  

 

 

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