Honor MLK at Lake-Lehman HS
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday and a day dedicated to the struggles of African Americans over the course of American history. MLK was a strong leader and force of the Civil Rights Movement who encouraged nonviolent means of finally achieving equality and moving away from discrimination on the basis of skin color. However, Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School in Lehman, Pennsylvania does not ever give its students the third Monday of January off, and does not honor the memory of Dr. King in any unified way, shape, or form. We are not asking for just another day off for no reason, we are asking for the chance to respect this vitally important national holiday and to respect the man it was created in honor of. Whether this be achieved through holding an assembly in his honor that features having a Civil Rights speaker explaining the trials and tribulations faced by African Americans in the time period, celebrating diversity and embracing one's neighbors, or by other means, it must be achieved. We usually have an assembly in honor of Veterans' Day, and we do not have school on the holiday of Veterans' Day, and this is the perfect way to honor our veterans, by hosting an assembly, and not holding classes. However, as aforementioned, neither of these are awarded to the holiday of MLK Day. Lake-Lehman does give its students the vitally important first day of hunting season off, and the fact that this day features a postponement of classes and Martin Luther King Jr. Day does not is just appalling and unfathomable. An assembly to honor MLK and his work, or the day off to honor him is all that is being asked, but either way there must be a change. In 2018, students were given a half day for this holiday. When poor road conditions were forecasted, the school district issued a two-hour delay and cancelled the half day, rather than simply giving their students the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day off of school. These are the extents that the district will go to, rather than just honoring Dr. King and all his sacrifices as is warranted. Please recognize this national holiday and its deep significance across the Lake-Lehman School District as it will surely better our school and our community and show respect for Dr. King and all that he stood for.
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