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Forman Celebration of Diversity and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 01/21/2016 02:25PM

Thinking and Writing Chair Lily Chen speaks at assembly on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Forman School reflected on diversity this month. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, the Forman community gathered together and watched a short film on the protests in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. After, the community divided into groups to discuss the impact of the events.

During this special assembly, three student winners were also announced for the “Penny for Your Thoughts on Diversity” contest. Starting January 5, students wrote their ideas on diversity on the Thinking and Writing department bulletin board. Department Chair Lily Chen organized the contest along with the other teachers in her department. On the common room wall of Chace Dormitory, students wrote sentences on note cards starting with, “Diversity is…” and posted responses anonymously. Each student received a penny to recognize his or her statement.

Statements were chosen by the Thinking and Writing teachers based on their creativity, relevance, and conciseness. The winning sentences were read aloud by Chen in front of the entire school and the three students all received $10 Stop & Shop gift cards. Read the top student thoughts on diversity below:

First Place:

Emily Chandler ’18: "Diversity is looking at the rainbow without being blinded by it."

Second Place:

Sarah Kothari ’18: "Diversity is like a flower garden; the bees don't select depending on the color, but they select on what the flowers radiate."

Third Place:

Devin Glancy ’17: "Diversity goes to people as people do to M&Ms: different colors on the outside, but the same inside."

Chen congratulated all of the students and thanked them for their participation: “The Thinking and Writing department thanks you all for celebrating diversity by simply being matter!”


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