Activities on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Activities on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Posted on 01/20/2016

The 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast was held on Monday morning, at the George Inness Annex of Montclair High School. The Sincere Silvera, a student at the Whitney E. Houston Academy in East Orange gave a moving presentation on “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Perspective on the World Today.” Also giving a presentation was Montclair High School’s Civics and Government Institute, led by advisor Tom Manos.

Several of Montclair’s schools held assemblies on Friday, Jan. 15 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while others hosted service activities on Monday, Jan. 18, the district’s day off.

Below: Glenfield middle school celebrated King with an assembly, “Glenfield: Then and Now” which included a slide show presented by resource room teacher Margaret Whitsett showing the history of Glenfield through the years. Special guest Rabbi Israel Dresner gave an inspiring speech to attendees recounting the time he spent with Dr. King. Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville shared her thoughts on what it was like in Montclair during the Civil Rights movement. In addition, teacher Dan Gill told the audience that “If we just celebrate on one day and then go back to our negative ways, we have not honored Dr. King.” Students Andrew Frazier and Brandon Sims read essays and the event included musical performances.


Throughout the Montclair School District, students and community members paid tribute to the civil rights activist with a variety of inspiring and educational activities during their “Day On” of service.

Northeast School, below, held its second annual Day On which featured a creative project conceptualized by art teacher Jorge Larrea. Larrea said the “idea came to me in the middle of the night. We ARE the dream. We are all different races, but we all come together here at Northeast and in Montclair. The dream is coming true here.” Students created a mural of their skin tone colored handprints as well as a rainbow of mixed stickers of all colors.


At Mount Hebron, below, students and families sorted and packed clothing and items for donation to The Salvation Army.

Mount Hebron

Bullock students, below, created artwork including designing “Footsteps to Justice” as well as plaques with inspirational photos and messages. Third grader Sonya said she didn’t mind coming to school on her day off because she likes helping.


Messages to servicemen and women, paper flowers for the local nursing home, messages and peace and making soup for Toni’s Kitchen were just a few of the activities in which students and families participated at Bradford, below.


Watchung and Hillside students also participated in service activities.

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