Steamboat Springs I was disappointed to see the students in my neighborhood going to school on the holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I thought for certain that Steamboat schools would honor the day dedicated to a great American, especially when we honor all the other federal holidays. The district offices say that the calendar won't let them give the day off. Quality school districts set a calendar in which Dr. King is recognized. Who determines the calendar and decides that Dr. King's day is not worthy of celebrating?
I now understand why the schools have struggled with harassment issues. Steamboat is a monoculture for the most part, with little diversity. Our children have few opportunities to interact with people who are different than they are. Teachers should be teaching the lessons that Dr. King valued and died for, as time worthy and as important as Valentine's Day, Halloween and winter blues vacation. Maybe the board, administrators and staff should try leading the way in stopping harassment at all levels by remembering Dr. King on the federal holiday.
Lynn Kelley, Ph.D.