People Like Sherry Create Change

Parent & Family Engagement, Who We Are | 02/11/2020

Ashley Thomas
Regional Organizing Director, Stand for Children Indiana

In Indianapolis, black children aren’t receiving the same quality of education as their white classmates. Recent standardized test scores showed white students were four times more likely to pass than black students. Stand for Children Indiana is fighting to stop these racial disparities in our schools, and parents are on the front lines – parents like Stand Fellow Sherry Holmes.

Sherry recently delivered a speech to a packed room at an Indianapolis Public Schools board meeting. As she told her story – of growing up around substance abuse and constantly switching schools until being taken in by her grandmother – you could see board members hanging on her every word, captivated. When she finished, the room erupted in applause. Her powerful testimony has since sparked a dialogue about the inequities that exist between black and white children within IPS and what we must do to ensure all children receive the resources and support they need to thrive.   

As the mom of a 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, Sherry refuses to sit on the sidelines and watch her children’s potential be wasted.

Through our Fellows’ program, she’s learning skills and strategies to be an effective public education advocate and vocal supporter of policies that will close the racial divide in our schools.

Change only comes through the hard work and tireless dedication of people like Sherry. You can support her and the many other parents fighting for education equity by making a tax-deductible gift to Stand today.

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