Because Monday is Martin Luther King Day, all of the classes were learning about King today. During the morning assembly, there was a large portrait of King up on the stage as the students led us in praying for the needy people in the world, and that one day, King’s dream will eventually come to full fruition. The morning assembly is a great way to send messages to the entire school, and I think that frontloading a day with prayer for the community is a good way to instill a sense of social justice in students.
In addition to the assembly and some lessons, each student is doing an “I Have a Dream” project. Each student will write what they have a “dream” for, and then those will all be posted around the school. It was amazing what some students came up with; you could tell that their life experiences really led to the dreams.
One student wrote that she had a dream that all children of divorced parents would feel as loved as children whose parents stayed together. Another wrote that he had a dream that all of the soldiers in Iraq would come home safely, and that our world would see a time of renewed peace. I thought that last one was especially poignant as war rages on in Israel this week. It’s comforting to know that these students are sensitive to what is going on in the world, and that they believe in the values that Dr. King held dear.