Friday January 03, 2014
“The time is always right to do what’s right.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Teamwork between dozens of South Burlington High School and Big Picture South Burlington students is at the heart of South Burlington’s first-ever, teen-led Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event to be held Monday, January 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon, at SBHS. The event was the brainchild of PACTeens (the SBHS club that advises PACT, Parents and Adults Celebrating Children and Teens), who presented the idea originally several years ago and then again this past September at the annual PACT Retreat.
“The MLK Jr. Event is important for our community because it takes a long-standing national holiday and makes it more localized and personalized for our community to enjoy,” noted SBHS sophomore Sparsh Bhardwaj, a member of SBHS’s Coalition for Community Service and a teen leader for the event.
The event will include a welcome activity, a keynote speaker, small-group dialogue, refreshments, and a community service activity focused on the creation of cards to be sent to groups serving others. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages.
Plans are progressing quickly, with varied SBHS clubs and organizations taking responsibility for different portions of the morning. Dr. Charles Johnson, Safe Schools Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Education, has accepted the invitation to be the Keynote Speaker, said Christine Lundie, Big Picture South Burlington educator. PACT will host the event, and the SBHS Key Club will lead the community service project. Additionally, small-group dialogue will be led by teenagers involved in PACT, Big Picture South Burlington, Coalition for Community Service, Key Club, and Technology for Tomorrow, while the South Burlington Recreation Department and the South Burlington Community Justice Center will played valued roles as community partners.
Organizers of the event anticipate a large turnout for this newly established occasion honoring Dr. King and invite all who live, work, and go to school in South Burlington to mark their calendars for January 20.
For questions, to become a community partner, or to learn more about how to make a donation to support the event, please call 238-1054.