Published: May 29, 2015

Students in Lafayette, from elementary school to high school, are helping with two big community events this month.

On Friday, community members will pay tribute to the legacy of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez during the ninth annual "Seeds of Justice" march and rally. The event is planned by the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee, Latino Advisory Board and the University of Colorado's Public Achievement program.

Elaina Verveer, an instructor and public achievement director at CU, said the students organizing the events are committed to ensuring that young people know about Chavez.

"They recognize that it's important that their peers have an understanding of civil rights leaders, particularly in a diverse community like Lafayette," she said.

The march begins at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Bilingual Elementary School, on the northeast corner of Baseline and Public roads. The march will proceed south on Public Road before veering east of South Boulder Road to LaMont Does Park. Immediately following the march will be a rally, planned for 4:30 p.m. at LaMont Does Park, and a carnival.

Balkarn Shahi, a senior at Centaurus High and a Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee member, said he was impressed that Chavez dedicated his life to his cause.

"He took it onto himself; he stepped up and said, 'I'll do it,'" he said. "It's important to celebrate what these heroes in our history achieved."

From the Daily Camera