Topeka Students Win Awards For Martin Luther King Art And Writing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Martin Luther King's birthday was Tuesday and all this week students have celebrated his dream of racial equality.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, Monday, Topeka teachers have asked their students to transform Dr. King's dream.

This inspired students k -12 to make artwork, write essays and poetry in a friendly competition with their classmates. First, second, and third place winners of the 2013 "Living the Dream" competition received awards Friday at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. The man with a dream influenced students to have a dream and express it through art.

"I took a canvas and hot glued crayons onto it and took a hair dyer and the colors splattererd all over everywhere," said third grade student, Michael Stoffer.

The guest speaker shared the importance of Dr. King's dream that all men are created equal.

"Is everybody in here the same? Stand up in here if you're different than somebody else!" said Andrea Scipio, guest speaker and Youth Coordinator at Kansas Children's Discovery Center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted so many while he lived, and students today are continuing to live the dream.

"If we stay dedicated like he did, we can make a change in the world," said ninth-grader and essay winner, Sribidya Dasaraju.

"It doesn't matter what color you are you can still do anything, its a free country!" said Stoffer.

The winning artwork, essays and poetry have been displayed in the Topeka Performing Arts Center lobby all week.