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Students in school on MLK Day to learn about the holiday

Posted: 5:47 AM, Jan 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-20 06:56:18-05

TULSA, Okla. — Most schools and businesses across the nation are out of school and off work today, celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

But one school in Green Country will be in class, with the day spent learning about MLK.

This has been a tradition at Riverfield Country Day School for years.

They want their students to really understand what the holiday is about and to treat every day like MLK day.

The school treats the day as a non-academic day.

All of their students participate in different projects and activities throughout the day.

The school’s drum line will play in Tulsa's MLK Day parade.

Twenty upper schoolers are signed up to work at the food bank after the parade.

There will also be several art projects and discussions in different classes throughout the school.

The school’s head, Jerry Bates, said he wants the students engaged and learning about the holiday on a deeper level.

“What we try to learn about are the ideals of Martin Luther King and equality and justice and we take those concepts and try to present to the students different opportunities and different ways to learn about that,” Bates said.

“To me it’s more about kindness and how people connect together and how we need to remember him and his legacy,” said eighth grader Jenelle Jacobs.

Bates said the school normally has better attendance because the students are truly invested in what they’re learning and it’s a tradition he hopes will continue to grow.

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