Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


WCS Observance of Dr. King’s Birthday

A reminder to all families that Monday, January 20th is a school holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is January 15th.  Monday is designated a national day of service (the 25th year of this designation) where all Americans are asked to volunteer in their communities.  If you need help in finding volunteer opportunities in your area, there’s an excellent resource and clearinghouse at https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service

This Friday our school will have an array of opportunities for students to honor the civil rights movement.  We will look back in gratitude for the sacrifices already made and look forward with possibility for how we might, in our own ways, make sure the “arc of the moral universe” continues to “bend toward justice.”

Here are some of the events we’re excited about for this Friday:

  • Parent volunteers in teams of 2-3 will read stories and lead discussions in elementary classes.  The stories center on themes of justice, fairness, and equity (in grade-appropriate ways).
  • High school students will take part in a workshop led by C. J. Suitt.  Mr. Suitt is a poet, arts educator, and community organizer whose work focuses on bridge-building in a polarized world.  He is currently serving as Chapel Hill’s first poet laureate.  Following his time with the high schoolers, he will also lead a spoken word workshop with the 8th grade.
  • All divisions will take part in a Going the Extra Mile exercise, where students identify an intention or cause that they will commit to in the months ahead and spend some time walking with that commitment on their hearts.
  • We have invited representatives from a variety of local nonprofits to present their work in a forum for middle school students.  These representatives will explain what they do, what specific community need they address, and what help they need from the community to be successful in their work.

We will also be planting flower bulbs, watching some TED talks, holding discussions in advisories . . .  all aimed at a purposeful day of gratitude and learning!

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