Students Invited to Help Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Students Invited to Help Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Posted on 10/31/2016
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The 18th annual Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity event to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. will take place on January 16. There are many ways that students and community members can be part of the celebration.

There is a contest for all students in grades K-12 who reside within the Lakota Local School District. This year it focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea of the 'Beloved Community' where poverty, hunger, and homelessness are not tolerated -- and racism and all forms of discrimination are replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

Students are asked to interview someone with whom they would not normally sit with at lunch due to differences in background, culture, or other demographic or social barrier. After listening to each other and sharing ideas about what our town can do to become a Beloved Community for all, students should write about the solutions discovered and tell how they plan to implement them.

Students in junior high and high school should submit in writing the equivalent of a two-minute speech. Elementary students may respond through the artistic medium of their choice or through writing.

In addition to an individual’s entry, classes, troops, or youth organizations for students in grades K-12 who would like to enter the contest as a group project are invited to be as creative as possible, with skits, songs, artwork or videos that can be presented within a two-minute time limit.

Entries are due on Monday, Nov. 28. Click here for more details and an entry form.

This year’s event will also look a little different from previous celebrations.The March for Unity will begin at noon at the Clock Tower in West Chester and head to the Lakota West cafeteria where all marchers will be treated to a free lunch donated by local restaurants. A program will immediately follow, which will include contest winners sharing their entries.  

Those interested in planning the event for MLK Day are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Liberty Township Fire Headquarters at 6682 Princeton-Glendale Road. If you would like to help judge the contest winners this year, the judging will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., also at the Liberty Township Fire Headquarters.