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Hartland High School Celebrates MLK Day and Says "Be Kind"

A video created by Hartland students celebrates the late civil rights leaders and reminds their peers to be kind to each other.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the students at Hartland High School created a video which was presented to the school last week.

Showing scenes from the high school, including clips from the "Say Something Nice" podium which is set up during the school's lunch hours, the movie captures moments during a typical high school day where students are "caught" being nice to each other.

Production and editing of the movie were done by Hartland juniors Hunter Callender and Emma Mendoza.

By Kim Evans

This is the seventh year a group of teachers have gotten together to plan school-wide activities that spread and support the various messages of Dr. Martin Luther King. 

We felt that it was important that our students learn more about the issues that Dr. King promoted and the impact in their own lives of these issues. We would not be able to put on all of these activities without the support of our administration and Principal Mainka.     

Each year we have chosen a theme such as Diversity, Unity, Communication, Tolerance, Kindness, etc. Each year the high school sponsors a poster contest for students. Each entry must be 11x17 in size and incorporate the theme of the year. Over 50 students entered this years' contest. 

The winners this year include:

  • 1st place - Scott Schlueter
  • 2nd place - Morgan Lovay
  • 3rd place Hadley Knudsen

The first place winner has their poster framed and displayed in the main office, copies made and hung in every classroom throughout the building and they win a $25 gift certifcate to the school store.  

In addition to the poster contest and the student-made video we also try to plan some kind of assembly or presentation that supports our theme of the year.  This year we developed an assembly program that features staff members sharing their experiences about being bullied, teased, experiencing discrimination and bias, etc. 

Many staff members chose to share some very painful stories with the students in order to educate students about the consequences or harmful actions and words as well as to reassure students that there isn't anything in their lives that we haven't experienced ourselves. It is a great way to connect with our students. 

Also in the assembly is a dramatic presentation from the Optimist Club led by Hartland High Scool teacher Nicole Conley that highlights the negative labels that people assign each other. There is also a student acapella musical performance.    

A new component this year was that the Class of 2013 bought t-shirts for all of the staff today to support all of the activities. The great thing about the shirts are that they are done in a very simple white print on a black shirt and the staff were offerred to choose different sayings such Don't Judge, Accept Others, Words Matter, etc.  It makes a very visual statement of unity to our students.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 the school attended presentations and the students responded very positively. Both students and staff have mentioned to me how powerful it was to have people who they knew share their stories and that the entire content of the presentation was created and focused on Hartland students and staff.  

Sparty Pants January 21, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Great Job HHS! It is leaders like you who have the guts to stand up and make a change that make a difference. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead
eddy January 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM
This makes me proud to live in Hartland. Excellent video HHS students.

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