While many schools and businesses across the country will close their doors to honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr., boarding schools will likely still be in operation on this federal holiday. Why are they open?
For some schools, especially public schools, staying open is sometimes done to make up for lost time due to snow days or other missed days of classes. But for boarding schools, staying open on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a chance to honor Dr. King’s memory and further educate students on the civil rights movement with special day-long programming. Dedicating an entire day to learning about leaders like Dr. King an opportunity that is often unique to boarding schools.
At Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in CT, students will engage in three different educational activities during the day. The first program will be a screening of the documentary, "Althea" based on the life of Althea Gibson. Cheshire Academy’s Trustee Lenny Simpson '68, who was involved in the making of the documentary, is hosting the screening on campus for all students.
“Speak up Hartford,” narrative storytelling presented by Matthew Dicks is the second offering of the day for students in grades 11, 12, and postgraduates. Students will be active participants creating their own stories based upon the theme of resilience.
Students in grades 8-10 will participate in an interactive presentation with CT State Troubadour Kristin Graves, who will talk about spreading history and culture through music.