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Cultural Diversity Fair honors Martin Luther King

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PABLO — Students from around the valley came to the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12 for a Cultural Diversity Fair, one of the events Salish Kootenai College hosted to honor Martin Luther King.

“The Cultural Diversity Fair is what we do to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., to keep his ideas alive,” organizer Co Carew explained.

Carew, who also serves as the SKC Social Work Department head, was motivated to help with the fair based on a question posed to her last year by a curious first grader.

The question was, “Who is Martin Luther King?”

While overseeing the printmaking table where students made prints of King, Carew explained some of the civil rights leader's ideas.

Elementary students from several local schools, including a group of first graders from Cherry Valley Schoo,l circulated through stations such as Carew’s and then on to a game of shinny in the gym, handwashing checked with a blue light, bracelet making, print making, recycling, peace lanterns, God’s Eye construction, love stamps, and music provided by Sika Ulutoa, his Samoan friends and dancers and a Native American drum and dancers.

In keeping with the fair's objective, Martin Luther King Jr.'s message was planted and seems to have taken root in a new generation.

When asked what she had learned, a first grader explained that King wanted everybody to get along, and her friend chimed in that King wanted peace.

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