Activities at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE September 2015

Activities at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

The students and staff at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School have been busy with many wonderful activities this spring! Take a look below to see what we have been up to!
 
Students in Mr. Marks’ 6th grade class participated in a special opportunity to work with artists from the Judy Dworin Performance Project, a program that works to inspire and educate young people to create positive change and community building through creative expression and performance. The students worked with the artists on the topic of solving conflict through peace and collaboration and created a performance that represents these ideas through movement, song and spoken word.
 
This performing arts opportunity was funded by a grant awarded by The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for young artists and early career professionals to expand their artistic talent and to pursue their dreams. The grants awarded by the foundation help teachers to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts while also supporting local artists and musicians brought in as visiting artists.
 
For more information about The Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation please visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org
 
For more information about the Judy Dworin Performance Project please visit www.judydworin.org
 
 
Mr. Marks’ sixth grade students practice their performance, “I Have a Dream—A Celebration of Song, Dance and Spoken Word.”
 
Students at Martin Luther King recently participated in a schoolwide Career Day. Various career professionals—among them a U.S. Marine, a bank Vice President, and a civil engineer—spent the day at the school visiting various classrooms. Students also had the opportunity to visit with the Hartford Police and Fire Departments. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and talk about their career aspirations. It was a fun day for all!
 
Marie Davis, Director of Technical Account Management at Nice Systems, speaks to Ms. Tammaro’s third grade class.
 
 
Martin Luther King School recently hosted a Family Literacy Night. Parents and families joined their children for an evening of literacy games, activities and book raffles. Reading tips for parents and the myOn summer reading challenge were provided to encourage reading over the summer break. Retired Hartford Fire Chief and author, John B. Steward, Jr. visited with families and shared his book, Hard Climb Up the Ladder, while Principal, Dr. Doreen Crawford portrayed Jamaican poet and writer, Louise Bennett Coverley.
 
Students work with Ms. Paneva, ELL teacher, to create truffula tree pens from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.
 
 
Chief John B. Steward, Jr. (Ret.) speaks to students and their families about his book, Hard Climb Up the Ladder.
 
 
Principal Dr. Doreen Crawford, portraying Louise Bennett Coverley, gets ready to share a reading with a student.
 
 

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