Letter: Praise for Freeport’s response to KKK

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I’d like to thank all of you for the amazing response to last week’s unfortunate distribution of KKK pamphlets in Freeport. The event to re-affirm our shared values at the Freeport Community Center was incredible, with over 200 people in attendance, some singing outside and others listening to uplifting speeches inside.

As a naturalized citizen who has made Freeport her home, I feel grateful to this community for its inclusiveness of people of all religions, all races, all sexual orientations and all nationalities. The message was loud and clear: There is no room in our town for bigotry, hate or discrimination.

Our schools will continue to ensure that all students feel welcome and safe. As an active participant in the life of this community, mother of three and member of the School Board, I will continue to do my part to promote respect and compassion for all.

Together, we’ve shown that we know how to live up to the American ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity for all. Let’s grow that work from the bottom up.

Thank you Freeport.

Valy Steverlynck