Students went to school to learn about civil rights

Diversity Commission has worked for years to educate kids

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some students still went to school Monday despite it being a national holiday.

The Bement School in Old Deerfield held classes this Martin Luther King Day, but the students and teachers dedicated the day to the teachings of the civil rights leader.

The school not only wanted to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., but also honors his legacy and talk about how his message carries on.

Students have been studying diversity, as well as Dr. King’s poetry and speeches to get a better understanding of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Sarah Marcus told 22News “We coined the phrase that it’s a day on rather than a day off. So we choose to come together and really talk about how can we take that spirit of activism of doing for others and making a difference and how can we bring it into the present moment right now.”

Isabella Bouvier, told 22News “We like to go to school on Martin Luther King Day because he was an educated man and we think he would want children to be in school.”

Diversity Commission has worked for years to educate kids, and raise awareness. The Bement School is a boarding school that teaches kids from kindergarten through 9th grade.

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