The HOPE Speaks Project is a way for the school district and the St. Louis Park community at large to begin an important dialogue on race, racism, and the impact it has on our lives. It is an opportunity to engage in difficult but meaningful conversations with our children, friends, family, and community. As a district, St. Louis Park has been exploring how our racial identities impact academic achievement and the learning environments we create for our students. We would like to invite our families to engage in honest, open, personal, and engaged (HOPE) conversations as a way to unpack how race operates as an often unspoken presence in our lives.The HOPE Speaks Project will begin this April and will be open to parents and their elementary school children in grades 3-5. We will hold weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings (6:30 to 8:00 pm) through May 28, 2019. During each meeting, parents and children will spend part of the time together as well as separated for age-appropriate activities.Scholarships are available for families that are interested in joining the project. Please contact Kelleen O'Brion at 952-928-6399 or email@example.com to inquire.