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UPDATED: Walled Lake Schools Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley speaking at multicultural celebration event Jan. 21.

Updated: 4 p.m. Jan. 7, 2013

Source: Walled Lake Consolidated School District

The 14th annual Walled Lake Schools community-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is Monday, Jan 21 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Walled Lake Northern High School.

The celebration will begin with a multicultural dinner from 5-6:15 p.m. with food from a wide variety of ethnic restaurants. During the dinner participants will visit student displays, from each of the district’s 19 schools, focusing on the theme “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Speak Up! Speak Out!”

The dinner is sponsored by generous support from the PTA and PTSA groups from around the district. Other major sponsors include the DTE Energy Foundation and the Walled Lake Education Association.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. there will be a program in the auditorium featuring keynote speaker, Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Ms. Riley will speak about this year’s theme in a speech entitled “Every Voice Counts!” Several student choirs will perform, the winners of our “Speak Up! Speak Out!” contest will present their entries, and the Walled Lake Schools Friend of Diversity Awards will be presented.

Everyone in the community is invited to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Admission to the event is free but those in attendance are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or boxed food to be donated to the Focus: HOPE food pantry in Detroit.

Alec Bender, co-chair of the Walled Lake Schools Multicultural Committee, said: “We are very excited to have Rochelle Riley from the Detroit Free Press as our keynote speaker this year. We will have a great program which will be a wonderful learning experience for students of all ages as well as the adults.”

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