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Living the Complete Life

Living the Complete Life
Meredith Berry-Toon

"Life's most important and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" –Martin Luther King Jr.

Each Martin Luther King Jr. Day urges us to put our beliefs into action through service to others in the cause of social justice.

To celebrate MLK Day 2017 at Canterbury, a panel of enthusiastic graduates spoke to the student body about King's message of how to live a complete life by cultivating our skills and passions over the course of a lifetime. Following their remarks at the school meeting, the panelists continued their conversations with students in a small-group setting.

Participants included the Reverend Ebony Grisom '93, Dr. Nadia Amin '97, social worker Tom Nailor '08, and social advertising analyst Marvin Centeno '10.

To put King's message into action, students signed up for the following service projects: Ben's Bells, the Kennedy Rosary Project, One Billion Rising, Penguin Plunge, and a Four Diamonds Mini-Thon that will be held at Canterbury in April.

"I really enjoyed the presentation," said a student. "I think it is really cool to receive advice from role models who graduated from Canterbury and who are now so successful."

Another student said, "I like having discussions about social justice, bias, and racism. They exist, but rarely do we have a chance to address them. This was a great forum to address difficult topics."

Canterbury takes pride in the heartfelt commitment to service that unites our school community and in experiences of that service many Cantuarians describe as life changing.