Join us for the annual ONE DREAM MLK Celebration

Image of Martin Luther King Jr. with words One Dream, Educate, Empower, Elevate
The Lawrence Public Schools' ONE DREAM Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is held annually on the Thursday following the MLK Holiday. Gallery exhibits open at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
All are welcome! 
Join us for the 2019 ONE DREAM event on January 24, 2019, in Southwest Middle School's auditorium at 6:30 p.m.


The ONE DREAM Committee invites your nominations for our annual MLK Awards. Nominate here by November 26, 2018.

Except for the title page of the nomination, please use "the nominee" in place of the nominee's name and omit any mention of a specific school. Committee members use a blind review process to consider nominations against the award criteria and choose up to three finalists in each category. A subcommittee of the District Equity Leadership Team reviews finalists' nominations and chooses the top nomination in each category. Recipients are announced during the ceremony. 

Award Criteria 
Nominations should include specific examples of how the nominee meets the award criteria. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Heart of Service Award
This award is presented to individuals and/or groups that are making a significant impact on the

community through volunteering and/or going above and beyond job responsibilities. There are three categories within this award: Student, School Staff (Lawrence school district), and Community.

Criteria include:
• Consistent and current service within the last 12 months
• Humility, integrity, commitment, and courage
• Significant impact on the nominator
• Significant impact on those served
• Work done in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy

Martin Luther King Jr. Character Award
This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate character through the maintenance of
integrity and the balance of respect and responsibility. This award is presented to STUDENTS
ONLY, at the following levels: Pre-K, elementary, middle school, and high school.

Criteria include:
• Acceptance
• Citizenship
• Compassion
• Courage
• Humility
• Integrity
• Perseverance
• Positive Influence
• Respect
• Responsibility

Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamer’s Award
This award is presented to a student and an adult who have the courage to envision and encourage
change among friends, family, and community.

Criteria include:
• Commitment to their dream
• Displays vision
• Inspiration to others
• Unique talent or effort that effects change
• Working to improve the world around them

Martin Luther King Jr. Champion of Equity Award
This award is presented to individuals for their compassionate and courageous efforts to create a diverse community and to bring about systemic change aimed at promoting justice and equity. This award can be presented at multiple levels—student, staff, and community.

Criteria include:
• Compassion
• Courage
• Culturally Relevant Teaching
• Equity leader
• Persistence