PHOTOS: Harrison students launch peaceful protest against playground division for MLK day

Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
Harrison kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)Harrison kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
Harrison kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)Harrison kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
Harrison kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)Harrison kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess, in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)

Kindergarten students at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary honoured Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday (Jan. 18) by following his lessons of peaceful protest.

The kindergartners circled the school carrying signs reading “Ks want mixed recess,” in protest of the school cohort system, which has been seeing students playing in two parts of the playground.

The students stopped their protest outside principal Tammy Nazarchuk’s window, and shared their grievances with her.

According to kindergarten teacher Dustin Neufeld, there were some “intense negotiations,” but ultimately a solution was found that worked for both parties.

Students will now be able to play on both playgrounds, as well as a piece of the forest on the school grounds.

“We are hoping this inspires our future generation to identify unfair aspects of their lives and think about how to take action, appropriately, and find solutions in a peaceful way, much like Dr. King did in the U.S.,” Neufeld said, adding: “It sure felt nice to see a protest without tear gas or smashing windows.”



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