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For SBHS students, MLK is a day of giving back

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Monday morning students crowded the cafeteria with markers and colored pencils in hand, hoping to spread the message of love as they celebrated a leader of the Civil Rights movement.

"I think it's really important that we all come together on this day to remember something of this magnitude and how we can move forward," said Raihan Kabir, an SBHS senior.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is normally what many think of as a day off, but at South Burlington High, it's a day of group discussions and outreach. "What we're doing now is a community service project for another community service part of our school. It's called the Key Club, and basically what we're doing is helping them with a community service project, so we're just writing cards of encouragement for different members of the community," said Mrinal Asthana, an SBHS senior.

These cards will go to patients at the Vermont Children's Hospital. Students also shared ways they hope to live as examples in their community. "We see people who do these things, who drop their fears and really put themselves out there in the community and we respect them. Once people start recognizing we respect them for doing these things, I think more people will step up," Kabir said.

And Monday was the first step toward remembering the mission of Dr. King and his dreams of equality. "We wanted to capture the value of learning and volunteerism, service -- all of those wonderful things that this day represents, and celebrate those with our students," said Christine Lundie, an SBHS teacher.

It's a celebration teachers at the school hope to continue as they encourage students to remember the legacy of Dr. King.

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