As part of the MLK Day Celebration, Western Michigan University offers students and families the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and educational workshops. Competitions include a WMU and Kalamazoo Public Schools Social Justice Book Bowl; Social Justice Art Competition, open to all middle and high school students; and a Courage to Create Poetry Competition, open to all middle and high school students. The event is open to to all parents and families from Kalamazoo Public Schools and the surrounding school districts with activities for middle and high school ages and above.
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
- Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
- Ballroom, Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University
|8:45 to 9:15 a.m.||Registration and community organization tables|
|9:15 to 9:40 a.m.||Welcome|
|9:40 to 9:50 a.m.||Overview of the day|
|9:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.||Workshops: Parent/family presentations, high school workshops and middle school Career Cruising program|
|12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:50 to 1:10 p.m.||Mr. Sidney Ellis interactive presentation|
|1:10 to 1:30 p.m.||Courage to Create Poetry Competition and Social Justice Art Competition winners featured|
|1:30 p.m.||Final round of the Social Justice Book Bowl, competition winners presented immediately following.|
Social Justice Book Bowl
The book bowl is a reading competition designed to encourage the love of reading and to promote literacy in Kalamazoo Public School students. The program exposes young people to different genres of young adult literature focused on social justice in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each student is responsible for reading two books (one fiction and one non-fiction selection). Students read the assigned books and prepare with their coaches and teammates for the competition. The book bowl begins each October and culminates in January.
Career Cruising offers middle school students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that are directly related to science, technology, aviation, health care careers, and careers not generally well known to pre-college students. Various University departments facilitate interactive, experiential workshops to broaden career opportunities for middle school students. Departments develop a 15-minute activity for middle school students, which will exhibit the connection of science, technology, engineering, or math in their discipline and help students understand the career possibilities in their discipline.
Creative Competitions (art and Poetry)
Please review the flyer for the Social Justice Art Competition information.
The Courage to Create Program is a writing and research competition designed to encourage the love of poetry, student research in the role of writers as agents for social change, and to promote literacy in Kalamazoo Public School students. The program exposes young people to various genres of poetry and will provide a forum for parents, local writers, literacy experts, and faculty, staff, and students from Kalamazoo College and WMU to build a supportive community to foster youth’s creative writing and historical research activities. The Courage to Create Program is open to all middle and high school students.
There will be two primary categories for the competition under the theme of "What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?":
- Free/open verse (original creation)
- Recitation (performance of another poet's work)