Students Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr
Second-grade students from Brenda Sutherland and Tobi Fradkin’s classes marched into the W.L. Morse auditorium on January 17, carrying signs with the phrases, “Imagine World Peace,” “Peace is Power,” “Spread Love.”
The program entitled, “Sharing the Dream,” paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his legacy of nonviolence.
Students recited acrostic poems based on these themes. They selected the words peace and hope and wrote a line for each letter. P- problem solve together; E-every person matters; A – always treat others with respect; C – create a better world; E- everyone deserves equal rights.
“By passing along the legacy,” said Sutherland, “we are more aware of the need for peace in the world.”
The teachers have been exploring the concepts of segregation, civil rights and boycotts with the students in class by watching selections from Dr. King’s speeches and reading books. One story, written by children called, “We Dream of a World,” takes a global look at what is lacking in some societies.
“We want the children to know that it feels good to help others and to recognize difference,” remarked Sutherland.
During the program, the students also sang songs and their parents joined in a reading called, “Peace, Love and Acceptance.”
Each student also shared his or her dream that spoke to equality among the races and kindness. Students commented, “I have a dream that everyone recycles so there will be no more pollution.” I dream that everyone respects the laws.” “I have a dream of a world where war would never happen, and battle injuries would never exist.” “I have a dream where people respect sick and disabled people’s disabilities.” “I have a dream where men and women are treated equally.”