Honoring Dr. King and His Legacy

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Schools throughout Glen Cove honored the memory and celebrated the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in observation of the great civil rights leader’s birthday. Every Glen Cove school studied, discussed and celebrated Dr. King in some way.

Students at Gribbin Elementary School held a morning assembly with every grade level participating. Kindergartners performed various songs, Caryn Stasco’s second-grade students stated interesting Dr. King facts and phrases that they had researched, first graders created and conducted a PowerPoint presentation entitled “D-R-E-A-M: What a Beautiful Sight,” second graders performed “It’s in Every One of Us,” and Coleen Verity’s second graders also recited some words from Dr. King.

In closing, Gribbin Principal Francine Santoro led a pledge for peace: “I pledge allegiance to the world, to each and every living thing, to cherish earth, sea and air, for peace and freedom everywhere.” Students then returned to their classrooms, singing “We Shall Overcome” as they proceeded through the hallway. Music teacher JoAnn Criblez led everyone in song as she strummed away on the acoustic guitar.

Every classroom at Connolly Elementary School participated in class lessons and projects. During the morning's lineup at 8:45 a.m., Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky addressed the entire student body and conducted a question-and-answer session about Dr. King’s contributions and life.

To kick off their day, the Finley Middle School staff conducted a prolonged moment of silence during homeroom. Students then listened to a four-minute biography on Dr. King, which was played over the public address (PA) system. The biography was repeated over the PA during the afterschool announcements. Classroom teachers also conducted lessons about Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.

Once again, Landing Elementary School held an assembly in which the entire school participated in an outdoor “Barrel Burn,” taken from the book My Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold. Students listed prejudices (e.g., race, religion, gender, violence, fear) on pieces of paper and then tossed them into a fire contained within a barrel. The event was supervised by the Glen Cove Fire Department. Students read Ms. Ringgold’s book in class during the days leading up to the event. The school’s PTA Reflections winners were also honored at the beginning of the assembly.

On Dr. King’s birthday (observed), Monday, January 16, Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Sheryl Goodine will lead a contingent of students, school representatives and community members in a “Freedom March” through the streets of Glen Cove. The march will assemble at the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove on Continental Place, beginning at 8:45a.m., culminating at the Wunsch Arts Center at Finley Middle School at 9:30 a.m. where a special ceremony will he held. All are invited to attend.