If you come to Suffield Academy you will join a community and this community will embrace you. We will not fit you neatly into a box; rather you will have the chance to create your own Suffield experience. You will form friendships with people from around the world by sharing meals, living together, and having fun. You will have the chance to challenge yourself in the classroom and on the playing fields. Never will we be in a place where people care so much about our lives. We won’t have so many people ask how we are doing and genuinely want an answer. Being alumni of Suffield Academy is now a part of our identity. Ashley Sarris ’17
This 2020-2021 community text, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be used in support of our school theme of empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Between the World and Me is written as a letter from the author to his teenage son about being black in America. It pivots between personal and historical, focusing both on America’s racial history and current civil rights crisis. As we have seen again poignantly this spring, systemic racism in America devalues black lives. Racism diminishes, demoralizes, and dehumanizes. We hope to use this text and a series of programs to help Suffield’s students and faculty engage in the realities of systemic racism and help strengthen our community and the world.