Dear Editor:

It was so heartening to learn of the forward motion initiated when the Joint Committee on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) held listening sessions last week in pursuit of improving relations and remedying both racial bias within our schools and tension within our community.

As Fanwood Council President Eric McElroy Barker said, the two towns “have stopped pretending that we don’t have a problem.” That is a crucial first step. Action is the second.

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REAL Parents x SPF, a group of engaged parents united to bring representation, equality, anti-racism, and literary diversity to our schools, is actively working with community leaders, local groups including TRHT, and the Board of Education in our pursuit.

Conceived just this spring, we are already 180+ families strong and look forward to tangible positive change this year with the help of municipal and educational leadership.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith vowed “work won’t stop once the listening sessions are done.” We enthusiastically join him in that resolve. REAL Parents x SPF welcome and encourage all residents to join our effort. We can be found at


Jennifer Harrison
The REAL Parents x SPF Team