School may be closed on Monday, but the Holy Innocents’ community will be participating in the Martin Luther King Day holiday in several ways.
•Ten Upper School students will attend the Anti-Defamation League’s “Empowering Young Leaders: No Place for Hate Summit” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown. The Summit uses various presentations and activities to educate students about hate and intolerance. “Each delegation consists of racially, religiously and ethnically diverse high school students who have a commitment to improving intergroup understanding,” according to the League.
“The goal is to have the students inspired to become leaders in their schools and communities in identifying and implementing ways to address these issues.”
Juniors Thomas Coleman and Emma van Beuningen are on the Summit’s leadership team.
• HIES alumna Jenna Downey is helping to organize the MLKDay5 race “Let Freedom Run.” One recipient of funds raised will be Andee’s Army, Inc., a nonprofit offering support to the family of Andee Poulos, a Holy Innocents' Episcopal School student who suffered a circulatory problem in her brain (Arteriovenous Malformation) last year. The nonprofit also helps the families of other children who suffer non-traumatic brain injuries.
“When I saw Andee's Army get on board, I was very excited,” said Downey. “We have 20-plus approved beneficiaries at this point, and for each participant who signs up under Andee's Army (or another team name) $5 goes back to the organization.”
“Sign up on active.com and put Andee's Army as your team" name,” says Downey. “It should be a great run/walk on the MLK Day holiday.”
The low-keyed race begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Shops Around Lenox parking lot. More info: www.mlkday5k.com.
•And at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church (HIEC), special music will be performed at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. “While our use of the Lectionary dictates the readings and ‘theme’ each Sunday, it is appropriate that we reflect the importance of the ministry—here in Atlanta and beyond—of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said the Rev. Michael Sullivan, rector of HIEC.
Kate Alm’s “Freedom Mass” will be used, as well as a gospel anthem during the offertory. Services will conclude with the historic anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” long associated with the Civil Rights Movement.