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Mid Valley third-graders study Dr. King and his meaning for today


In preparation for the Martin Luther King Day national holiday, third graders in Odell have been looking at Martin Luther King’s life and how it has affected their own.

Concepts of fairness, love and equality are on many people’s minds as Monday is a national holiday, honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968.

An MLK memorial celebration with music is planned Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. The community is welcome; turn to page A10 for details.

“Dr. King said to his friends, ‘If I die just keep going,’” said Alyssa Gastner.

“Martin Luther King said ‘peace’ when they said ‘war’ and ‘love’ when they said ‘hate,’” said Maria Castaneda. “He made a huge speech called ‘I Have A Dream’…”

Teacher Sandi Abramson said, “They really get it. They understand that there are reasons their school is the way it is, with all kinds of people studying together, and they have Martin Luther King largely to thank for that. And it’s something they are really interested in and want to learn about. I feel like we are helping keep history alive for them.”

The students remember much of what they had learned in past years, Abramson noted.

The students have been reading books and making art, and hearing stories including memories of their principal, Dennis McCauley, who spoke to the students about how he met Dr. King in the early 1960s as a Portland high school student who traveled to the South to work for civil rights.

The students have been talking about why Dr. King is a hero, and what dreams they have for their own future and for society. ...more

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