While school was closed this past Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it did not stop the community from carving out time for discussions and exercises throughout the week to celebrate Dr. King and discuss his legacy within the context of recent events.
Though unable to meet in larger community-wide groups because of safety measures in place due to COVID-19, it left time for smaller discussions within classes across all different grade levels. In the High School, students participated in a writing and discussion exercise in which they wrote a letter to themselves reflecting on their feelings in the days since the insurrection against the U.S. Capitol. High School students then read excerpts from Dr. King’s “The Other America” speech, and from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, writing down their initial thoughts and reactions. After the writing exercise, students came together in groups to further discuss what they had read and written.
Their writings and reflections will be saved by the school for a year, and then re-shared or sent to students next January so that they can further reflect on this moment in history.