UPDATE: Our carnival was cancelled due to a racist and threatening letter sent to an organization that adjoins our school. This letter caused a chain reaction of events that led to the decision - with very heavy hearts - to cancel Friday's carnival.
Our students deserve to feel safe in the place where they learn. Our students deserve a chance to celebrate the year. We now know that - thank goodness - there have been no credible threats to our students. Given the climate in our city and our nation right now, however, our vigilance is heightened.
The outpouring of offers of help from the community has been tremendous. The PTA has decided that the Carnival must go on! And you can help...
We hope to raise the cost of what it takes to put on a carnival... bouncy houses, sno-cones, games... And given the events of the past few days, we want every student to attend. We typically sell tickets to offset some of the costs. With your support, all of our kids can participate at no cost. Anything that exceeds our goal will go into a fund that directly supports classrooms and other activities at MLK School.
If you would like to help, visit our gofundme page specifically for the carnival here, or if you prefer, use the donate button on this site and just include the word "carnival" in special instructions.
To be clear, replacing a carnival is the easy part. Undoing systems of structural and overt racism in our community and our nation is the hard part, and we must re-commit to it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We are mindful of the words of Dr. King, for whom our school is named: "The moral arc of the universe is long, but bends toward justice."
We also encourage you to stand up for our community, and stand up against racism by supporting Good in the Hood as well as its sponsoring organization, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods , who received the hate-filled threats of violence.
Martin Luther King Jr School Spring Carnival!
Friday, June 9, 4-7 p.m.
New Date: Wednesday, June 14 5-7 p.m.
Can you help out that day? Sign up here.
Timber Joey! Hot Dogs! Face Painters! Snow Cones!
Bounce House and Slide! Sizzle Pie Pizza! Dunk Tank!
DJ! Hip Hop Dance! Cotton Candy! Raffle!
Fire Truck! Multnomah County Library!