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Order too small? Never!

March 9, 2019



   Today my phone rang for an order of 3 buttons!  When would you like them?  Tonight!!  Yes, we can! That was an easy answer!  But when Lamont Trotter came to pick up his order,  I had to re-do them on the spot because of a minor error. But that was no problem because it gave us an opportunity to chat, and I got to learn what Richmond Alternative School is!  When I learned it was for high school kids who've had problems with the law, I asked if he knew Sylvia Clute.  He did!! He knew all about her Restorative Justice Program for the schools, because he was assistant principal at Armstrong H.S., when she was piloting her program there!  Wow! Small world! What I didn't tell Lamont was that I had sat in for a summer being part of the circle as they were getting the program ready for the schools system.  But the best news is that Principal Trotter plans to bring the Restorative Justice Circle to his Richmond Alternative School next year!  I am so happy and excited! Restorative Justice is a way to deal with student misdemeanors and crimes in a non-punitive, non-blaming way that helps everyone involved to feel heard and seen, and offers a possibility for genuine healing. 

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