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A Moment in Time at Alden Terrace

Scholars from Alden Terrace School were joined by family members when they celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as part of the school’s One Moment in Time assembly on Jan. 18.

Principal Shawnée Warfield and music teacher Ginta Bukauskas led the inspiring assembly, highlighted by poignant photos of important historical events that shaped the Civil Rights Movement. One of the photos, shared by Mrs. Warfield, showed a local connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had visited Hofstra University on Long Island in the 1960s with the help of Mr. Bernard Fixler.

 Students and guests recited and sang the Civil Rights national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” several times at the event, first in English, then in Spanish and finally in Urdu. An excerpt of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” was also played.

“We have many families that come from other countries and other places that may have never heard the voice of Dr. King,” Principal Warfield said. “And his message still rings true today.”

 Students in the school’s English Language Learners and Applied Behavioral Analysis programs, as well as those in grades kindergarten through sixth, sang a variety of songs, including “Bleed the Same,” “Dancing in the Street,” “One Love” and “Peace, Love and Harmony.”

Each grade's presentation had a common theme that threaded the entire assembly together, the common theme was love and unity. Everyone present left the assembly inspired, empowered and motivated.

 Photo Captions:

  1. Alden Terrace School students (from left): Krissy George, Zachary Edgell, Sabrina Torres, Justin Malloy and Kaitlyn Paulino-Rosario led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the national anthem.

Scholars from Alden Terrace School were joined by family members when they celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luthe

2. Alden Terrace School Principal Shawnée Warfield shared the microphone with students and guests as the entire audience recited the Civil Rights national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Scholars from Alden Terrace School were joined by family members when they celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luthe

3. Alden Terrace School Principal Dr. Wellinthon Garcia led the reciting of the Civil Rights Anthem in Spanish, while Erum Tariq recited it in Urdu.

Scholars from Alden Terrace School were joined by family members when they celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luthe

4. Alden Terrace School English Language Learners sang “Bleed the Same” as part of the assembly.

Scholars from Alden Terrace School were joined by family members when they celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luthe

5.Alden Terrace School first-graders sang “Dancing in the Street” at the assembly.

Scholars from Alden Terrace School were joined by family members when they celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luthe