Hardy DIG (Diversity and Inclusion Group) 

Hardy DIG is a parent/caregiver-run volunteer group that celebrates diversity at Hardy and works to make our school a more welcoming and inclusive place for all families. 
Over the past several years, we've run the Hardy Caregiver English Language Learner Conversation Group and maintained the Little Diverse Library, in addition to other projects that promote inclusion.
Our Hardy DIG coordinator is Michiko Kurata. Contact her with questions or to find out how you can get involved: dig@hardypto.com.




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Children are never too young to learn about diversity. As young as 3 months old, they may look differently at people who look like or don’t look like their primary caregivers. As parents and caregivers, we must have confidence in ourselves and in our children — that we, and they, can handle tough topics and tough situations. We must understand that our role is to be honest, specific, and trustworthy as we raise the next generation to confront racial injustice.


Please click on the images below if you'd like to print the documents to use at home:




Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism 

How to report an incident

Arlington Human Rights Commission (ARHC) strives to ensure the fair and equal treatment for all people who live, work and pass through our community.


Human Rights incidents can be reported here.  Please read the FAQs before reporting incidents.


Please note that the AHRC only has jurisdiction over complaints of discrimination that occur in Arlington, and can only investigate acts that occurred within 120 days of the date that a formal complaint is signed.


hardy Cookbook

The Hardy PTO Diversity & Inclusion Group is excited to announce our first-ever Hardy Community Cookbook for 2022-23! Hardy families contributed recipes and student artwork to create the cookbook in celebration of our diverse community.


Access it here: Hardy Cookbook


Artwork by Jamie Harris, grade 5



Hardy Rainbow Alliance


The Hardy Rainbow Alliance is a student club at Hardy promoting a stronger sense of belonging and a safe space for all who wish to join. It has a particular focus on gender and identity.


Meetings involve conversations celebrating ourselves and finding ways to make things better for everyone. The club does fun crafts and provides opportunities to learn about people, movements, and rights.


Meetings in 2023-24 are held Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. 


All students are welcome to join!


Students or adults who are interested in getting involved, please email Dr. Connolly: mconnolly@arlington.k12.ma.us and Susie Smith smsmith@arlington.k12.ma.us.


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The Hardy DIG Little Free Library

Look for the Hardy DIG Little Free Library to the left of the main entrance at Hardy. Anyone may borrow from it. Please return each labeled DIG book when you are done so others may enjoy them. Thank you!

This library aims to provide the Hardy community (students, caregivers, and staff) with high-quality books representing the diversity of families in our community and the wider world. We focus on titles featuring underrepresented communities (considering race, class, ability, religion, family structure, culture, etc.) in order to:

  • Enable children and families to more easily see themselves reflected in quality literature.
  • Provide opportunities to learn (and celebrate!) the multitude of ways we are similar to, and different from, each other.
  • Inspire discussions about the communities and systems of which we are a part.


These books are sourced and collected by DIG members. We rely on book lists and recommendations curated by organizations including Books for LittlesWee the PeopleSocial Justice Books and The Conscious Kid.



Donate to the DIG Library - from the Book Rack or from Maxima!


We are grateful for the donation of books from our wish list at the Book Rack in Arlington Center. Here's how to donate from the Book Rack: 
  • Sign in to your Book Rack account, or create an account.
  • View the wish list.
  • Select items and choose "store pickup." (DIG Library coordinator Annie Clarke-Lauer will be notified and will pick up the order.)
  • Pay via PayPal or select "contact me for payment." (Choose the second option to use any book credit on your account.)


NEW - The DIG library also has a wishlist at Maxima in Arlington - click here!




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