Friday, January 15, 2010
Assembly brings Rev. King’s message to grades K - 4
In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day on January 18, Carlisle School elementary students celebrated his life and message through songs and activities at a Student Leadership Assembly on January 8. The leadership assemblies, held approximately once a month, are organized and run by different grades.
Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley later discussed the program in an email. She explained that the purpose is to come together as a community, to be inspired by what other elementary students are doing to improve the lives of others and to empower students by these authentic examples. “Specific students were recognized for special efforts they made to promote non-violent conflict resolution and fairness and justice toward others as MLK preached,” she explained. “In addition, for the next month, students pledged to boycott negative words and actions and practice positive words and actions to honor the values of kindness and justice that Dr. King stood for.”
The third graders led the MLK assembly. They took on many roles: as greeters and ushers, leading the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the new school song, “The Carlisle Way” and sharing information about Dr. King. “A silent slide show of Dr. King was shown while students talked about his life and the difference it made to all of us for the better,” said Hurley.
Elementary students are given a “Tip of the Month” to help improve behavior and encourage social skills. September’s tip was to be an “Upstander, not a bystander for those who need help, are sad or lonely, or being bullied,” said Hurley. The new tip was read at the assembly: “To use and encourage others to use positive words and actions and tie them to the values of Dr. M. L. King for kindness and justice, and to boycott negative words and actions,” explained Hurley.
Students who pledged to try to follow the tip stood up. Hurley said, “The third grade teachers and I recognized students for specific kind and just acts performed. Some examples included our students growing/cutting/donating hair to Locks of Love [which makes wigs for cancer patients]; a child helping another student whose lunch tray fell; students going out of their way to include classmates at recess and exhibit positive role modeling behavior.” The assembly came to a close after the third graders taught the K – 4 students a song “with a theme of kindness, justice, or community service,” said Hurley. The song, “If I Had a Hammer,” was accompanied on guitar by Gene Stamell. ∆
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