Student Life

Civil Rights Day

As a school community dedicated to advocacy and peacemaking, we educate our students about the world around them and its history.

Part of that learning comes from events and activities that reaffirm our commitment to peace education as can be seen in the school’s Purpose statement to "cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world."

Each January, Headwaters School programs explore civil rights in age-appropriate ways. At the Springs Campus, our youngest children engage with books and songs all year long that celebrate different perspectives, and for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  birthday month, they learn special songs about Dr. King and his work. On the Creek Campus, classrooms incorporate projects, songs, books, and lessons to help children in their growth. And on the River Campus, a tradition has grown to have a full-day event dedicated to civil rights including a film screening, a keynote speaker, and multiple student- and parent-led sessions about civil rights topics.

Our History of Civil Rights Day

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  • Springs Campus

    Songs are an incredible way to tell a story for our youngest students.
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  • Creek Campus

    The Creek Campus has focused our Civil Rights Day conversations and lessons on the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the discriminatory and racist practices that led to the movement, and the brave people who stood up for their beliefs.
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  • River Campus

    In 2020, guest speaker and Executive Director of the Austin Justice Coalition Chas Moore spoke to our community and beyond at the Central Library.
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  • MLK Day of Service

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday in 2020, we invited families to join us the afternoon of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a family service event with our friends from Generation Serve.
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Civil Rights Day News Stories

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  • River Civil Rights Day 2022: A Short Video from IB Juniors

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  • Headwaters Film Department Recommends: Black History Month Movies

    The Headwaters Film Department would like to recommend... Black History Month Movies!
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  • Celebrate Black History Month: Black Scientists and Inventors

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Spring Campus

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Creek Campus

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River Campus

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