Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a transformational leader that focused on the end results rather than his own comfort. He made it a point to spend time walking a mile in the shoes of the people he was fighting for. He knew that to be their champion, he needed to have a vivid understanding of their circumstances and the challenges that came with them. As a result, he spent time talking with those he represented regularly. Sometimes that happened formally through town hall meetings, and in other instances, it occurred informally with impromptu conversations as he went about his work. But his efforts to understand the plight of those he was leading went beyond what most would think is acceptable. Still, he marched arm in arm with protestors across the bridge in Selma, Alabama. He was thrown in jail for non-violent resistance. And he even moved his family into a run-down building in Chicago for six months when he was working to end housing inequalities.
For the fifth year, the Elite Ladies of Fairfield County District will have their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest. This year's contest theme is: "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." This year, the contest will be grouped into four major categories:
- Service Project
- Oratorical Contest
- Performing Arts Contest
- Coloring & Art Contest
The contest period will begin on Thursday, December 20, 2018, and conclude on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Winners and participants will be recognized at the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch & Awards Program, co-sponsored by the Elite Ladies & Griffin Bow Tie Club, to be held on Monday, January 21st at 10:30 am in Fairfield Central High School's Gymnasium. In addition to the MLK Contest, leaders in the community (student nominated) will be recognized at this event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.
(Please note: All students submitting entries for this year's contest is asked to come prepared to perform their entries at the MLK Brunch in the following categories: Oratorical Contest, Performing Arts, and Service Project contests. The winners for each of these contests will have the opportunity to perform their winning entry.)
2019 Elaine Kirkpatrick Run Walk & Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch & Awards Ceremony: On Monday, January 21, 2019, in honor of Elite Ladies Co-Founder and Mentor, Elaine Kirkpatrick, the Elite Ladies will have their second annual Elaine Kirkpatrick 2 Mile Heart Run/Walk at 8:30 am on Fairfield Central High School Track. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on the upper concourse of Fairfield Central High School Gymnasium. Representatives from the American Heart Association will also be in attendance. You can register for the Heart Run/Walk at: https://goo.gl/forms/plC5iIcVT2Zmmcjv1
The Elite Ladies of Fairfield County School District and the Griffin Bow Tie Club will sponsor their first Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch & Awards Ceremony at 10:30 am in Fairfield Central High School Gymnasium. The cost for this event (which includes a meal, entertainment and the 2019 MLK Awards Ceremony) is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased from the District Office beginning on Monday, January 7, 2019 - Wednesday, January 16, 2019.