The executive director of the school told ABC11 Monday that the matter did not need to be broadcasted.
However, one mother says she was so upset that she made sure her children did not spend the day in the classroom for a reason.
"We want to follow that example and encourage our children to make a difference in the community just like he did," mother Tiffany Edwards said. "Not as a day in the classroom, but out in the community."
Tyler and Tanner Edwards continued their family tradition of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior by painting murals at the Haven House with the Jack and Jill of America Group in Raleigh.
"It's important to do things like this because you need to help out your community," fifth grader Tyler Edwards said.
"I get to help other people on Martin Luther King Junior Day," third grader Tanner Edwards added.
Other schools also handled the holiday differently.
At the North Carolina School of Science and Math Monday it was a day on, not a day off.
No classes were held; instead it was a day of community service. Students knitted hats and scarves for a local shelter, made cards for sick kids and some left campus to clean up the community.
"When other people in the Durham community see us doing this, they're going to be wondering, 'I should be doing this as well,' it becomes a whole community initiative in general," NCSSM student Sangeetha Kumar said.
Meanwhile Tiffany Edwards, who has been a loyal Sterling parent for 10 years now, says she hopes school leaders will not list MLK Day as a possible snow day in the future.