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Students Celebrate, Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy

Rudy Brandl

Students and teachers in all three divisions participated in events and activities to recognize and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the past week. 

Lower School students in Pre-K, JK and Kindergarten celebrated the Dr. King’s spirit and legacy during a special assembly on Jan. 13 in Lower Snowdon. Pre-K teachers Sarina Morales and Martha Restrepo led the presentation and shared a video of Margaret McNamara’s book Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students also contributed their thoughts with personalized leaves on an Early Childhood Peace Wish Tree on a bulletin board outside the Pre-K classroom.

Later Friday morning during lunch in the AP Room, Lower School Spanish teacher Maria Hinestroza highlighted another important quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which is also showcased in the hallway outside the Spanish classroom. El amor es definitivamente la unica respuesta a los problemas de la humanidad – Love is definitely the only answer to the problems of humanity. The students recited, translated and shared their thoughts on how this quote impacts our world. 

Middle School students were encouraged to volunteer in various forms of service on their own on MLK Day as part of their Month of Service program. Among those who spent the day in service was Emily O’Neill ’27, who volunteered at the Scotch Plains Fanwood Day of Service. Emily sang with the community choir at their opening ceremony, made dignity boxes for Covenant House, made sandwiches for St. Joseph’s in Elizabeth and created Valentine’s Day Cards for veterans with the YMCA.

In Upper School, students recognized Dr. King’s commitment and character with a series of activities and discussions in last week’s advisory sessions. The Black Student Alliance also ran a competition in which all advisory groups decorated classroom doors in honor of Dr. King. Grade level winners were Mr. Sinal’s advisory (Grade 9), Mr. Fernandez’s advisory (Grade 10), Sra. Gonzalez’s advisory (Grade 11) and Ms. Pengue’s advisory (Grade 12).