Falcon Scholars Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy With ‘Keep Hope Alive Week’

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 19, 2017) -- Using the lessons learned from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement, and other notable achievements making progress towards equality locally and globally, Santee Education Complex students, families, educators, staff, and community partners are contributing to our community as change agents by embracing the power of education in Los Angeles schools.

“This week we celebrate one of our most profound national leaders in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the greatest democracy in our world with a Constitution that values liberty, equality, and justice,” said School Board Member Mónica García. “In Los Angeles, we strengthen our democracy every day by nurturing youth that can read, write, think, and believe on the path towards 100 percent graduation.”

The programming includes discussions on speeches from Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, guest speakers, as well as an art gallery tour, and lunch time opportunities to engage in constructive dialogue. Students will have the opportunity to earn prizes for participation and attendance from partners including Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, LA Clippers, World Wrestling Entertainment, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“We became educators to serve the next generation of leaders and improve our communities,” said Santee High School Principal Dr. Martin Gomez. “This week will be in our history books. Our Falcon Scholars will participate in a weeklong lesson plan that will build on their critical thinking, determination, tolerance, and progress.”

A Partnership for Los Angeles Schools affiliated campus, Santee’s first annual Keep Hope Alive Week celebration is part of their commitment to inclusion and academic excellence. They have won LAUSD’s Cooking Up Change competition and opened the first gender-neutral restrooms in the district.

L.A. Unified has declared January 20, 2017 as #UnityDay2017 to encourage student participation in the civic-engagement process and to promote schools as safe and appropriate venues for meaningful dialogue. For lesson plans, activities and other resources click here: achieve.lausd.net/Page/12095.

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