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

    The River Campus plans a full day of programming with the support of guides and students. We also enlist the local community to come and help share their knowledge with our community. Read more to learn about past themes. 
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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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  • Civil Rights Day 2024: The Right to Read

    Friday, February 9, 2024 is our annual Civil Rights Day on the River Campus. During this special schedule we will spend the day on our theme “The Right to Read" with Keynote Speaker Director Weeks and afternoon breakout sessions.
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  • Civil Rights Day 2023: Redefining Equality For All

    The River Campus Middle and High School Community is celebrating its annual Civil Rights Day on Monday, January 23, 2022. This year’s theme is “Redefining Equality for ALL.”
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  • River Civil Rights Day 2022: A Short Video from IB Juniors

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Spring Campus

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Creek Campus

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River Campus

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