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    MLK Jr Day Celebrations 2018
    Posted on 01/22/2018
    Maple students art project for MLK Jr. Day

    Seattle Schools Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    From studying in the classroom to marching in the streets of Seattle, the Seattle Public Schools community recently celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Volunteers work at John Muir

    Dr. King is most remembered for his pivotal role in the modern civil-rights movement and his message of peace, justice, and community. That message continues to ring true throughout the district. Students learned about and honored Dr. King's nonviolent contributions to the Civil Rights Movement through class assignments, school assemblies and service projects. Below are a few of the many ways that Seattle schools celebrated and honored Dr. King's legacy.

    John Muir Elementary

    At John Muir, MLK Day of service volunteers from Seattle Children's, Microsoft and Kappa Sigma Fraternity - Beta-Psi Chapter at UW helped beautify the school as part of United Way’s Day of Caring. More photos at John Muir PTA Facebook album

    Student art work for MLK dayMaple Elementary

    Many teachers incorporate the MLK Jr. observance into lesson plans and class projects. Ms. Trudnowski’s second grade class at Maple Elementary used their art talents to commemorate Dr. King.

    Volunteers work at Van Asselt



    Van Asselt Elementary

    City Year volunteers organized a Martin Luther King Jr. day of learning and service at Van Asselt on Monday, Jan. 15.

    About 200 volunteers joined social justice educational sessions for part of the day, and then helped paint colorful murals and worked on school grounds. More photos on City Year's Instagram page.

    Students at school assembyEckstein Middle School

    The Eckstein leadership class, school choir and jazz band presented a powerful assembly in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Students at assembyThe students played a recording of the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, summarized the major points and discussed illustrations in their school lives how Dr. King’s message could be demonstrated in their lives today.


    Hamilton Middle School

    A student at the assembyHamilton assembly combined choir, orchestra and percussion performances with powerful student spoken-word quotes by Dr. King and Ghandi followed by a powerful message from a Hamilton 8th grader. The school also sent their student anti-racism group to collaborate with their fellow students at Roosevelt High School and the Hamilton Black/Brown Student Union to Nathan Hale High School.


    Garfield High School

    People prepare to march at Garfield High schoolStudents, staff and community members came together at Garfield High School to take part in the annual “MLK Day Celebration” with workshops, rallies, and a march to downtown Seattle. The event, organized by the MLK Seattle Celebration Committee, included many notable speakers.

    Mayor Jenny Durkan, Gerald Hankerson president of the Seattle King County NAACP, and former State Senator Claudia Kauffman, (Nez Perce) Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe were included in the morning rally speaker lineup. Leschi Elementary School choir opened the event and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who was not schedule to speak, added her voice from the podium at the celebration. Photos from this event and others on the South Seattle Emerald website.

    Students and speakers at assembyBallard High School

    Ballard’s STAR Club (Students and Teachers Against Racism) hosted the schools’ MLK Jr. school assembly. Nikkita Oliver and Jamil Suleman shared a powerful series of poems, songs and speeches.

    The school dance team, concert choir and Assistant Principal Makela Steward joined the performed and speakers lineup.

    Hale studentsNathan Hale High School

    The school’s Black Student Union commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. King through spoken word, personal narratives and performances. Students expressed the need for the school community to unite and fight together against racial injustices affecting our country.