During the silent peace march, some students held signs reading “Peace,” “Fight for equality” and “We want liberty.”
The annual march is a tradition at the school, eighth-grade teacher Rachel Dubie said.
While trudging through the snow, eighth-grader Emily Rauch said she thought about how the cold and their discomfort didn’t compare to what Martin Luther King Jr. went through.
“He risked his life,” she said. “He did a great job doing everything he did."
Prior to the march, St. Mary's students gathered to hear the eighth-graders each present what they said is their inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quote. The eighth-graders then asked their schoolmates a related thought-provoking question.
Although Dubie said the annual school event is important for giving students an idea of what actual marches were like, she said this year’s weather gave them something more to consider.
“This year, especially — with the snow, wind and freezing temperature — it brought to mind that Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers would suffer through a lot for what they believed in,” the teacher said. “Having an actual march in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. is more powerful, I believe, than reading from a textbook and having it end there.”
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