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Celebrating the legacy of Dr. King

Charlton Street School staff tout importance of MLK's lessons

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January 17, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Teachers at Charlton Street School are trying to show their students why it's not just another day off.

For the celebration of what would be Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 82nd birthday, teachers are able to blend his teachings with lessons of peace and tolerance.

"It fits into our peace-builder program here at the school," said third-grade teacher Mike Woodruff. "Through this, we teach them about the concepts of racism, segregation and discrimination. Many children ask when these things ended. We tell them that sadly, a lot of these things still do exist. It's part of their job to learn how to treat each other with kindness and with respect for each other. It all ties together with our peace-builder pledge at the school."

All curriculums at Charlton Street have been infused with learning about Dr. King once returning from winter break. Students have been distributed Weekly Reader magazine, which focuses on Dr. King, and many teachers have had students watch videos online that feature him, including his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.

"We've seen a lot of staff reading stories about him and students taking out biographies about him," said Charlton Street School Principal Bryant Montigny. "Students have begun writing stories about their hopes and aspirations after learning about Dr. King. We want students to have a sound knowledge of who he was and what he accomplished."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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