The White Mountain School observes this national holiday in a unique way: by actively engaging with the diversity of its own community in a day of sharing and discussion.
For many schools, Martin Luther King Day is a day to be quietly acknowledged in morning announcements or history class before moving on with the regular school day. But at The White Mountain School, we take it as an opportunity to devote a day to celebrating the rich diversity of our incredible community. Here, we take a break from our usual classes and let the students take over. Throughout the day, students and teachers alike run and participate in workshops that explore the many cultures represented in our community, including:
Afghanistan: The Beauty and The War
An Open Conversation about America and China
Chinese as a Second Language
Gender Blender: Exploring Gender Roles
Sports and Disabilities
Am I Racist?
I Have a Dream
Lingering Charm: Chinese Calligraphy
Celebrate Latino Culture
All About Islam
Taboos in China
Shame and Science of Mental Illness and Addiction
We finish the day with an all-school activity discussing what we learned and how we felt about the School’s approach to diversity: the way opinions were presented, the way debates were constructed, what went well, what didn’t, and what we can do as a community to improve the experience and make sure that all voices, of all cultures, are heard.
Also take a look at our MLK Day Photo Album.