Instead of going skiing, many Lower School students and their families came to school on MLK Day, honoring Dr. King’s humanitarian efforts on Buckley’s seventh-annual MLK Day of Service.
In conjunction the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, students and parents/guardians participated in four enriching activities on campus dedicated to serving and standing up for others. Roger Bridges, the Assistant Head of School at Echo Horizon School, spoke to families about Dr. King’s background and legacy.
Students had the opportunity to learn about issues affecting babies born into poverty by working with the organization Baby2Baby. They could also learn more about equity, access, and support for the deaf community. Another workshop, sponsored by the Buckley Heritage Families, allowed students to work in collaboration to create school supply kits to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club-Willowbrook Education Initiative and benefit homework and afterschool clubs in the greater Los Angeles area. Finally, students were able to explore Art for Protest and Social change in a workshop sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
The week prior to the holiday, Middle and Upper School students participated in our Social Justice Symposia, which included an assembly about Dr. King on his birthday, a keynote speech by Dr. Donald Grant, Associate Dean of Pacific Oaks' School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College. and workshops on a variety of topics. Read more about the symposia by clicking here. Buckley also welcomed students from the Sequoyah School in Pasadena.
We were fortunate to partner with such impressive organizations and individuals. It was such a treat to learn about Dr. King’s legacy last week, and continue to honor him on the holiday with learning and service! Thanks to everyone who joined us!
In an effort to continue building upon Dr. King’s legacy of service to the community, the Office of DEI partnered with The Valley of Change to develop a daily calendar filled with action opportunities.