Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:56 PM by Jamie Leary
Levi Reed, a first grader at Emily Dickenson proudly held up his latest art project, a paper plate with different colored hands that he had traced and cut out himself.
"He helped black and white people and so that's why the hands are different colors."
In a first grade class next door, another teacher was reading a portion of King's "I Have a Dream," speech from a children's book.
With Kings vast list of accomplishments, explaining them to first graders can be a challenge but it seems that the first graders at Emily Dickenson get the general idea...
"He did a big huge speech. Something about a dream where they can all come together and be nice to each other," said first grader Natalia Antonucci.
Jena Blomquist, one of the first grade teachers at Emily Dickenson, focused on what her class calls "big words," the words that describe what MLK stands for.
Blomquist and her class came up with a list of "big words" and recited them together,
"Freedom, love, together, dreams, happy!"
Not all of Kings valuable lessons can be taught in one day but that's not a problem for Blomquist.
"I think it's important to remind them that Martin Luther King Day is Every Day," said Blomquist.
Many other schools around the Gallatin Valley also organized various activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.