Each year we celebrate Martin Luther King Day on the third Monday of January. The day celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. In observance of Martin Luther King day the Upper Elementary students read the book “I Have A Dream”, as well as a “Time for Kids” article specifically on MLK and his life. It is an important reminder that, although the holiday is just one day, Dr. King’s message of equality and justice for all are something to practice all year round.
The Upper Elementary students are at the perfect age to start understanding the world at large as their sense of social justice is developing. As part of the lesson they were able to connect their understanding of King’s brave actions by answering the question, “What does the I have a Dream speech mean to me?”