Brighton Elementary School Celebrates MLK Jr. Day

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The second- and third-grade students at Brighton Elementary School show a Human Time Line in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Reported by Leah Delabruere, a seventh-grade student at Brighton Elementary School in Island Pond.

Brighton Elementary School held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly on Jan. 22 at 1:45. Students gathered in the multi-purpose room and Mrs. Castonguay, the MC started with a friendly introduction and pointing out the colored hands poster entitled, "A rainbow of the human race is what makes the world a better place," drawn by the pre-K students.

First off, we all watched a 10-minute video called ''White Socks Only,'' which was a book read aloud through video. The video showed how people of different races used to be treated differently, and made the point that this was WRONG! We then listened to the Kindergartner's wonderful song called "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around." They were so cute standing in front of everyone singing; it was so beautifully done.

The first graders read a poem about Martin Luther King Jr. called "Following Martin." This was about Dr. King's dream and how he changed the world. Next, first through fourth grade sang a song called "Martin Luther King." This was very educational because it mentioned what he had accomplished throughout his life.

Next came the second and third graders with the Human Time Line. This showed what important things happened during Dr. King's lifetime. For example, the Birmingham bus boycott, the march on Washington, and his "I have a dream" speech.

Then it was the Middle School's turn. The eighth graders started by singing "We Shall Overcome." This is one song that people sang while marching through streets in Washington at the March on Washington in 1963. Next up was the seventh and eighth graders reading inspirational parts of famous speeches such as the ''I Have a Dream,'' ''Gettysburg Address,'' and John F. Kennedy's "Civil Rights" speech. These talks helped people understand how MLK encouraged people with his words and how he spoke not with violence, but with tolerance towards others.

Finally, the sixth grade preformed a beautiful skit about Rosa Parks. Each student had a role and together they reenacted Rosa's decision to not get up from the white people's seat on the bus. The skit also briefly told about the court case that followed Rosa's decision.

In this assembly we were thanking our mighty hero, Martin Luther King Jr. and remembering his legacy. I hope that more people know about his enormous accomplishments and work towards stopping segregation. I, and hopefully others who witnessed our assembly, also believe that people should be treated with respect and equality no matter what race, color, size or shape. A big thank you to all the teachers and staff who helped prepare for this memorable day.

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