Country School Community Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Country School celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with gatherings throughout the school Jan. 18.
During the Upper School (grades 7-9) assembly, members of the ninth grade Civil Rights Expanded Studies course shared passages from some of Dr. King's seminal works, after which, students broke into their advisory groups to discuss social justice issues of highest importance to them today and their responsibility in helping Dr. King’s legacy live on. As part of the ninth grade expanded studies program, a group of students spent a week travelling the American South to trace the Civil Rights movement, and visit key landmarks including the 16th Baptist Church, the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the National Civil Rights Museum.
Students in the Middle School (grades 5 & 6) gathered to read aloud Doreen Rappaport’s book, Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussed how words can be used to inspire hope and bring about change.
The Lower School (grades 1-4) held its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly, which included a group recitation of Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech and singing of “We Shall Overcome,” by students, parents, faculty and staff, as well as student musical performances and reflections. Students who participated in the group recitation included first graders Taylor Kern, William Lewis and Vivian Nelson; second graders Juan-Carlos Bowman, Annie Mallozzi and Corey Wideman; third graders Lucy Anne Kurtz, Sam Peake and Paul Vartanian; fourth graders Aditya DebNath, Cooper Gendason, Kat Palmer and Michaela Springer. Fourth graders Bennett Kurtz, Michaela Springer and Keane Zorub emceed the Lower School event.
Faculty and staff joined together for a 7:30 a.m. community breakfast to start the day of reflection together before the students arrived.