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2 Win Alexandria School’s MLK Community Service Project

Aviara Padgett (Photo courtesy Metropolitan School for the Arts)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Located in Alexandria, the nonprofit Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) has taught dance, music, and theater since 2001. Its academy helps students prepare to attend colleges specializing in the performing arts, welcoming those in grades 7 through 12.

Recently, the MSA’s Metropolitan Anti-Bias Committee (MABAC) held its first community service project dedicated to and named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The project is meant to help students understand that their school is a community and is special because of its diversity. The committee allowed all students to participate. Those who entered were eligible for a $100 gift card.

Aviara Padgett (grade 4) and Jackson Dominski (grade 6) – both from Alexandria – won for a poem and music video respectively. The poem is called “We Are All Humans.” The music video can be seen HERE.

Jackson Dominski (Photo courtesy Metropolitan School for the Arts)

“Our MLK service projects and our commitment to anti-bias education was truly a call to action to do more, and we’re so proud of the MSA community for uniting to support this effort,” said Sara Hart, Co-Executive Director of MSA.”

The MABAC – a group of MSA parents, faculty, and alumni dedicated to developing and implementing strategies to promote diversity – selected the two winners.  The group helps to foster a sense of inclusion in children so they can learn how to respect others and develop the courage to stand up to discrimination.

As a nonprofit, MSA relies on the generous donations of sponsors and the community to operate. It has been featured on various area news shows such as “Fox 5 Morning News” and in print media including The Washington Post.

“We Are All Humans” by Aviara Padgett (Courtesy Metropolitan School for the Arts)

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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