Many reasons to say yes to ‘Ellen Garrison Middle School’ at Town Meeting

March 22, 2024

I support a YES vote for Article 22. The name Ellen Garrison Middle School is a thoughtful and strategic choice aligned with multiple positive outcomes:   

1. Invoke a stronger sense of purpose for students, staff, and community 

The name celebrates a role model for integrity, personal excellence, mutual respect, and caring for others. With this name, school leaders and volunteers can create a strong sense of purpose and direction for students, staff, and the community. 

2. Promote commitment to the school district’s mission 

Ellen Garrison is inspirational. Her name will serve as a constant reminder of the school district’s mission to educate all students as lifelong learners, creative thinkers, caring citizens, and responsible contributors in our increasingly diverse global society. 

3. Attract individuals to this same mission 

A name like Ellen Garrison can attract families who are seeking a school that aligns with their beliefs and values, values such as inclusion. This can lead to a more cohesive community supporting the school district. 

4. Embrace change and growth 

Changing the school’s name to Ellen Garrison Middle School demonstrates the school committee’s willingness to adapt and respond to the changing needs of our community, while staying true to the core values and mission of the district. 

Attend Town Meeting on April 29 to participate in the town’s decision and to vote YES on Article 22 to encourage naming the publicly owned school the “Ellen Garrison Middle School.” 

Kristin Moore 

Frances Street