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Students honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week Central Kitsap schools honored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week through song and presentations.

About 60 Fairview Junior High students spent afternoons after school polishing their gospel performance that they gave Friday afternoon. Led by Ruth Laners, a member of the school’s office staff, the volunteer choir sang inspirational songs.

“It’s something different,” Laners said of the choir performance. It also reminds students that King was first and foremost a minister and “in unity there is strength.”

She also hoped the students would realize the scope of the slain civil rights leader’s actions.

“He didn’t just do this for black people, he did it for everyone,” she said.

Ruby Anne Ecemienda, a freshman, joined the choir because she likes to sing and the performance was for a good cause.

“He did a lot for us,” she said of King. “Right now I’d probably be in a different school.”

The group performed “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody,” a song Ecemienda said is her favorite.

Classmate Jasper Madraga joined the choir to “honor a man who gave us our freedom.”

“It’s an honor to be in the gospel choir,” he said following a recent rehearsal.

Students also did a fashion show wearing traditional clothing for their native culture.

Olympic High School students will chronicle and celebrate King’s contributions Wednesday, Jan. 21. Their performance, originally scheduled for Friday was delayed because of electrical problems at the school. The presentation includes song, a step dance, skits and King’s own words.

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