On January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students on the Upper and Lower School campuses participated in activities to honor this legendary man who changed the course of civil rights in the United States.
At the Upper School, students integrated the work of Dr. King into their grade-level studies, discussing such topics as the history of civil rights and civil disobedience. ESOL students also incorporated special MLK Day lessons, focusing on equality, freedom, and justice. Everyone watched the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama in their classrooms and followed the viewing with brainstorming and discussion on the significance of this event.
At the Lower School, the first and fifth graders hosted an all-school assembly honoring Dr. King in the Multi-Purpose Room. The first graders began by explaining their current unit of study, Branching Patterns, and how these patterns can be found in nature as well as in deeds like that of Dr. King, as the dream of one man can branch out to the rest of the world. Then they read aloud, Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, while a PowerPoint display of the book played on a screen behind them for all to read along.
Afterwards, Early Childhood students joined in the celebration and taught everyone two African folk songs, "Little Liza Jane" and "This Train Is Bound for Glory,” complete with the "choo choos" and "chugga chuggs!" Then, the whole school listened to Dr. King's famous “I Have a Dream” speech booming over the speakers, and the fifth graders followed by sharing their own dreams. The assembly closed with a sing-along of “The Dream of Martin Luther King,” led by the first and fifth graders and music teacher Margaret Bodkin.