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    MLK Day Celebrations Around the District
    Posted on 01/18/2017

    MLK Day Celebrations Across the District

    From studying in the classroom to marching in the streets of Seattle, thousands of Seattle Public Schools (SPS) staff, students, and families celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend. Many events took place on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, the day of observance of the civil rights leader’s birthday.

    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.

    “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically,” Dr. King wrote in his essay, The Purpose of Education, published in the Morehouse College student paper in 1947. “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

    The following photos and videos are a small representation of many celebrations across SPS communities.

    Day of Action in Olympia, Wash.

    Superintendent Nyland, Director Geary, SEA leadership, teachers and educators, the Garfield High School football team, families, community partners, and many more spent Monday, Jan. 16 on the capitol steps advocating for students and public education. Below are a sample of the amazing people who spent their day sharing their dream of equity in education.

    Dr. Nyland supporting teachers with SEARepresenting Olympic Hills at the Day of ActionGarfield High School Football Team came to voice the importance of equity in educationRepresenting Thornton Creek at the day of actionDirector Geary advocating for full funding with SCPTSA and SEA

    John Stanford Int'l Elementary School

    Fifth graders from John Stanford International Elementary School took part in the 44th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church Friday.

    Together, with representatives from the City of Seattle and King County, and Seattle Public Schools, students reflected on the life and death of Dr. King.



    West Seattle High School

    Former state Representatives Jesse Wineberry, Georgette, and Bruce Addison attended West Seattle High School’s MLK Day assembly as honored guests.

    Together, 30 years ago, the three authored and passed Martin Luther King Day legislation in the Washington state legislature.


    Greenwood Elementary School

    Students at Greenwood Elementary School created posters quoting Dr. King and other leaders.

    Image of students holding posters

    Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

    Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School hosted school board President, Sue Peters, who spoke at a celebration sponsored by SPS community partner, City Year Seattle.

    Image of Sue Peters

    The school also unveiled a mural dedicated to Dr. King's teachings. City Year Seattle deploys 84 highly skilled AmeriCorps members to serve in 10 elementary and middle schools.

    Image of mural

    Image of mural


    Orca K-8

    Students at Orca K-8 organized their own “March Against Hate.”

    Image of students

    Image of students marching


    Garfield High School 

    Students, staff, and community members came together at Garfield High School to take part in the annual “MLK Day Celebration” with workshops, rallies, a career fair, and a march to downtown Seattle.

    The event was organized by the MLK Seattle Celebration Committee which is comprised of dozens of grassroots, labor, business, minority, and progressive community organizations and volunteers throughout the Puget Sound region.

    Image of Garfield students marching