Schools Celebrate Life of MLK

Schools Celebrate Life of MLK photo

Columbus Avenue School, J.W. Dodd Middle School and New Visions School participated in several activities to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At Columbus, students in Ms. Janet Silverman’s class joined their hands together as a symbol of Dr. King's hope of spreading equality, freedom and kindness throughout the world. Students in Ms. Amanda Rodriguez's art classes participated in New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Art and Essay Exhibition, where they created artwork that focused on Dr. King's six principles of nonviolence and crafted portraits of Dr. King. Students worked collaboratively to follow Dr. King's ideas of unity and community. Their artwork will be on view in the exhibition at the Empire State Plaza in Albany throughout the month of February. 

At Dodd, the peer mediation team is sponsoring a stick together mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where all students can stop by the library during lunch and afterschool to collaborate on this amazing poster. Students will grab some stickers, check the color key and apply the stickers to the color key coded grid to reveal an eye-popping image. Along with bringing people together to collaborate, stick together mosaics provide a chance to focus on the “A” in STEAM and offer embedded opportunities to foster critical thinking, prediction and social skills.

Meanwhile, students at New Visions participated in an assembly where various classes performed songs and recited poetry to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. King. The assembly also recognized four fourth-grade students who were nominated for the Martin Luther King Award. Jennyfer Rodriguez was crowned the winner of the award, based on her ability to demonstrate the non-violent virtues and qualities of Dr. King.