Community leaders lined up to welcome students back to Conte Community School in an event called Mirrors and Windows Welcome Back to School. Similar events were held at Stearns Elementary School and Crosby Elementary School. In attendance were Sen. Adam Hinds, Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, District Attorney Andrea Harrington, Kamaar Taliaferro, Will Singleton, and Joe Bennett Jr. and Sr.

The phrase “mirrors and windows” was initially introduced by Emily Style for the National SEED Project. A mirror is a story that reflects your own culture and helps you build your identity. A window is a resource that offers you a view into someone else’s experience. It is critical to understand that students cannot truly learn about themselves unless they learn about others as well.

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Ben Garver has been photographing the Berkshire hills and people for The Eagle since 1994. In his spare time, Garver enjoys hiking and biking with his Australian cattle dog, Cheyenne.