Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell has made one of his priorities to bring awareness to Alaska’s high rate of domestic violence and end the epidemic. His letter to fellow Alaskans on his website, Choose Respect, asked for people to find ways to be involved in their community’s Choose Respect event on March 31. Bonnie’s class had discussed social activism when learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and also Elizabeth Peratrovich’s fights for civil rights. When Sally announced on the VHF that our village would be holding a Choose Respect march on noon on Thursday, it seemed like a perfect way to translate what the kids had been learning into action.
Students reviewed photos of civil rights marches keying in on how they marched and what they carried, and then made signs. Each student practiced reading his/her sign and knowing what it meant.
At the end of the march, the local organizer said this would be the first annual march for our village. She told the students to “remember this day” and encouraged the adults present to “break the silence”.
Imagine a world where we all choose respect.