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Students Observe Martin Luther King Day
In observance of the Martin Luther King national holiday South Kent School students held a day of reflection in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In lieu of regular scheduled classes, the students spent the day as a community. The morning workshop, run by Owen Finberg, athletic director at South Kent School, focused on character, one of the personality traits that he exemplified most in his life, said Finberg. There were small group discussions on the experiences and inherent qualities that make up our individual character. There were several students and faculty that shared personal stories with the whole school. In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. the workshop illustrated the connections and similarities that we all share as human beings.
The afternoon portion of the observance was part of the school-wide chapel service which consisted of a short homily on the significance of Martin Luther King, a public offering to share what Martin Luther King means to individual people, followed by a litany of Thanksgiving of multiple readers which consisted of a mix of words from Dr. King’s speeches.
The highlight of the afternoon was an offering of gospel music led by Michael Brown. Brown, organist for St. Bernard’s and St. Bridget’s churches in Sharon and Cornwall, Ct brought verve and spirit to the South Kent School community by infusing popular music with a gospel twist. "Michael Brown's performances unify audiences in the spirit of Martin Luther King,” said Cruz Zoeller, director of student activities. “His music is healing, breaks down walls of division and builds bonds of communication, reflecting the true message of Dr. King,” she added.