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‘Trayvon Martin Day’ at Malcolm X Elementary in D.C.

Friday is “Trayvon Martin Day” at one D.C. elementary school, where teachers and school officials are hoping to use the polarizing case as a teaching tool for students, parents and community members.

The declaration is part of Malcolm X Elementary School’s “Let’s Keep Our Children Safe” seminar, which will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, WJLA reports.

The principal of the school, located in Southeast Washington, told the television station that the seminar is intended to “send better messages” to children and the adults in their lives.

“The message that if someone hits you, hit them back — it does more harm and does more hurt than good,” J. Harrison Coleman said. “My hope is that the takeaway is that we stop some of the needless violence that is going on in the community.”

Coleman told WJLA that every adult who attends the seminar will receive a bottle of iced tea and every student will receive a bag of Skittles — the items that 17-year-old Martin had purchased shortly before he was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has been charged in the slaying.

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