(JANUARY 2023)—Throughout the week leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen students honored Dr. King’s legacy by immersing themselves in classroom activities and lessons that embraced the themes of service, peace, and equality and deepened their understanding of the importance of his words and actions.
Wheeler Avenue Elementary School students learned about Dr. King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to encourage peace among Americans while they received their own Nobel Peace Prize describing their special attributes and how they can contribute to the world around them.
Willow Road Elementary School students’ parents sent in Nobel Peace Prizes for their children and described the qualities their children possess that could make the world a better place. Students also discussed Dr. King’s impact on the world and created an “I Have a Dream” poster.
At James A. Dever Elementary School, students watched videos about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on BookFlix, which is a digital literacy resource that contains hundreds of animated fiction and nonfiction stories. Through these videos, students learned about Dr. King’s life and the impact he made in history.
Students at all four schools in the district also celebrated Dr. King’s life by writing about their dreams based on Dr. Martin Muther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, creating collages and beautiful banners to decorate their school hallways, and by drawing portraits of Dr. King.