"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
While many schools and offices had Monday off to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rock Point School took the day to examine the inequities in our society and serve others through volunteering. In the morning, students watched pieces of two PBS documentaries "The Talk" and "Black America Since MLK: And I Still Rise." These films sparked conversations about racial profiling, police brutality, civil disobedience, the criminal justice system, and much more.
In the afternoon, students set out to volunteer for various organizations. Many students worked with the City of Winooski to paint and update the Winooski Food Shelf, others made supply bags for COTS to help homeless Vermonters, and another group participated in a panel discussion at ECHO on Immigration, Identity, and Culture.
While it is always important to our school and community to set aside a day to honor Dr. King, we know that conversations about race, justice, and equality are not limited to one day, nor does our obligation to serve others end with one day of service. Martin Luther King's legacy is bigger than one day and we hope that he will continue to inspire all the members of our community to work for justice and peace throughout their lives.