Photo Gallery: Racine Unified Students Celebrate Dr. King's Message

High school students from around the district participated in community service projects on Jan. 16, 2012 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s messages of peace and unity.

Members of the Racine-area community gathered on Jan. 16 at different locations to celebrate and commemorate the messages of peace and unity from Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Denise Lockwood January 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Actually... even though I didn't take these photos (had a freelance photog do it), I know several of these kids in these photos because they are part of the Case High School Conflict Resolution Crew. They are good kids, get good grades, and they are good citizens. Some are children who are actively putting their lives back together by redirecting themselves into working on helping their community. These kids may have an awareness of the politics around them, but I assure you they are not being political in those photos -- they are sincerely dedicated to promoting peace. If that's politics, I want that brand... These kids are dedicated to building community within this city. I do know that some are politically active, but honestly these are the kids who are also hosting team building days with their peers to promote peace so that learning can happen within their schools. I spend a lot of time with them because I help mentor (didn't know the photographer was going to focus on them, but not all of the kids are from Case) some of these kids. Please know that I am horribly biased (and protective of the CRC kids). When it comes to addressing the terrible crime rate in this community, I know these kids are being examples of peace and helping others to live in peace. Here's what I see: http://caledonia.patch.com/articles/commentary-a-relationship-with-a-child-is-a-terrible-thing-to-waste http://caledonia.patch.com/articles/gandhis-granddaughter-peace-at-any-cost-should-be-pursued
Stormy Weather January 17, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Heather & Denise - I just want you to know that I appreciate all the hard work that you put into The Patch & the community. It's nice to know that there were CRC students out & about today. I wish I had seen some signs with "Proud to be a CRC Student" on them! It is a wonderful program and the teacher, Nancy Gibson is awesome. And her husband is also a great teacher! They have both inspired lots of kids and many of their students go on to become great adults! Thanks for the links! Great stories that I enjoyed reading, and the Peace Learning Circles is another wonderful program. I know this, because one of my children took part in it. I believe that our community fails in celebrating all the good things that many of our students are doing so it is really nice to see and read these kinds of stories. I think that Racine celebrating Martin Luther King day with a day of volunteering is a great idea. My only concern is a worry that it is being hijacked for political purposes. This is not against the students, but has more to do with the topics that are being chosen and some of the signs.
Denise Lockwood January 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM
@Stormy -- ;) thank you. They call me the CRC momma. Nancy and Keith are incredibly dedicated teachers, but they are more than teachers to me because they have helped my kid become a leader and not a follower. She challenged Katheryn Faith (my kid) immensely this semester by encouraging her to be a leader through her actions, her presence and her words. I am in awe of what she does for these kids and what these kids do for her. She has a ton of alumni who come back to help her with the productions. I know they are working on hosting a fund-raiser by putting on an alumni show this summer. Would love to see you at our spring show (and at the fund-raiser). We need all of the community support that we can get. And... I plan on supporting them long after my kid has left Case High School.
melissa Warner January 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
the group I was with worked at the EcoJustice Center. They moved hay bales, cleared snow, cleaned the goat annex, made boxes for the gift shop, burnt some of the brush pile. Others on our bus went to Lincoln School Home, St. Monica;s, and Sienna Center. There were four other busses. Some worked at the rebuilt Sturtevant train station, Ridgewood, food bank, St. Vincent dePaul, etc.
Heather Asiyanbi January 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@Stormy - thank you! :)


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