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Scottsdale students celebrate life of Dr. MLK Jr.

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

In the spirit of diversity and in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) Service Learning Program will host its Annual Youth Voices Program from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Saguaro High School auditorium at  6250 N. 82nd Street in Scottsdale.

Students and guests will have the opportunity to listen to and meet with keynote speaker Coach Ken Carter, educator and inspiration for the film Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Coach Carter literally locked his undefeated, state play-off bound team out of the gym and forced them to hit the books and stop counting on athletic potential as the only ticket out of a tough, inner city life.

Coach Carter speaks to our youth with hard-hitting advice about accountability, integrity, teamwork and leadership to succeed both on and off the basketball court.

Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson, SUSD Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Thomas, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Andi Fourlis and Dr. Pam Sitton will also take part in the annual Youth Voices program.

Executive Director of K-12 Athletics Clif McKenzie, Saguaro Principal Brian Corte, Valley Superintendents, and Scottsdale Mayor W. Jim Lane will also take part in the event.

Business partners, Community Celebrating Diversity Board Members, Voices of Saguaro Choir, Saguaro’s Symphonic Orchestra, the Saguaro Dance Company and students from across the Valley, including all five of SUSD’s high schools will also be part of the presentation.

SUSD’s Service Learning “Youth Voices” Program focuses on the importance of the diversity message of community. Through this program, inspirational speakers share their life experiences of hate and prejudice and how they transitioned into a positive vision of acceptance despite individual appearance.

For information, please contact Becky Kelbaugh at: 480-484-6223,

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit