Lower School students and their families came to school on MLK Day, honoring Dr. King’s legacy on Buckley’s annual MLK Day of Service.
In conjunction with 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, central elements of Dr. King's legacy.
Students had the opportunity to learn about important issues, including civic engagement, climate change, arts as activism, and homelessness. At the civic engagement station, a representative from Assemblymember Nazarian's office discussed the importance of civic engagement and relayed the ease in which students can get involved at a local level from simple tasks, such as writing postcards and making phone calls. In the climate reality station, students learned about climate change, global warming, and how climate chaos is not just a single issue, but intersects with the top social justice and policy issues of our time; students created seed balls to take home and to gift to underserved communities. In the art station, students explored how art can be a powerful tool in bringing attention to social justice issues and serve as a form of protest and engagement for social change; they also created their own pieces of art. Finally, in the last station, students learned about homelessness in Los Angeles and created sack lunches for our homeless neighbors.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for MLK Day of Service!
Dr. Tyler Evans MD, MS, MPH, DTM&H, Buckley class of ’95, is an infectious disease/tropical medicine specialist and currently the Chief Medical Officer for the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, an associate professor at the University of Southern California (USC), founder of the NYC refugee and asylee health coalition, and has previously led a number of national organizations including the AIDS HealthCare Foundation.