Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Martin Luther King Day of Service and Remembrance

We recognized Martin Luther King Day with reflection, community outreach and community building experiences. It was a day that cemented both memories and friendships.  

As we read books commemorating the day with our eight grade reading buddies,  we asked many questions and offered our thinking. The eighth grade responded with answers that both satisfied and made us think about words like justice, fair, equal, freedom and slavery.

We liked the words that Martin Luther King choose and placed together to express his vision and ultimately change the world. Words are powerful and are best used carefully.

I have offered some brief descriptions of the photographs but the best narration to capture the spirit of the day are the words of Martin Luther King.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King

The Kindergarten had made some hearts using collage materials earlier in the day. Many of the children asked their reading buddy to create a heart collage with them.

Renee, our PE teacher, offered more experiences that strengthen the heart of a community.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Martin Luther King

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Martin Luther King

The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Martin Luther King


Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Martin Luther King

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. 
Martin Luther King


  1. this school takes my breath away.

    thank you for this post mary.

  2. Beautiful and so reflective of the day...and my experience as a middle school teacher, thank you!