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Edwards Elementary in Ames is encouraging students and staff to share their “unique self” through the creation of a set of school wings this week. Each teacher is provided with enough wings for themselves and their students.

The document states that “Pride Month” is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots.

“The Riots were a pivotal event in LGBTQ+ history,” the document states. “Although we are not in school during the month of June, it is still important to recognize the identities of our Edwards Community.”

Lesson plans and activities are included for each class.

For kindergarten, the lesson plan is “embracing family diversity.”

For this lesson, teachers “need to openly talk about differences while interrupting bias and stereotypes.”

“The Family Book” is used for the lesson. The book provides “a wonderful opportunity to teach children to accept and embrace differences and similarities amongst families.”

“This project centers the concept that all families are unique and different. Your students may have families with two moms or two dads; stepparents; a transgender parent; adoptive parents; or foster parents.”

“Some families have two moms or two dads. Over 6 million children and adults in the U.S. have an LGBTQ parent. This is a fun statistic to share with students who may not know an LGBTQ family.”




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