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Clara H. Carlson Students Pay Tribute to Dr. King

Clara H. Carlson School hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. assembly to celebrate “big words and big dreams” on Jan. 17.

            With the “Unity Song” playing over the loudspeakers, the assembly began with a candlelight processional of Compassion Award winners from each class. Then, Assistant Principal Richard Mansfield spoke about the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

            “Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we’re off on Monday,” Mr. Mansfield said.

            The assembly continued with a read aloud of the picture-book biography, “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” On stage, students displayed posters with positive sayings from the book, such as “You are as good as anyone,” “Everyone can be great” and “Love is the key to the problems of the world.” Following the reading of the book, the students spoke about what their posters’ quotes meant to them.

            Jansy Martinez-Torres, a fifth grader in Mrs. Coppolino’s class, performed “Free at Last” by Teresa Jennings. She was accompanied by Mr. Weiss on the piano.

            Both faculty and students were featured in the “Big Dreams” video segment, sharing their dreams and hopes for the future.

            At the end of the assembly, Principal Stacia Walfall presented the One Award to cafeteria cook Maria Toscano. The award is given during the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly to a staff member who truly impacts the school community, serves as a role model and helps make the world a better place.

 

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  1. Some of the Compassion Award winners at Clara H. Carlson School.

Clara H. Carlson Students Pay Tribute to Dr. King

2. Students displayed posters with quotes from the book, “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Clara H. Carlson Students Pay Tribute to Dr. King

3. The students onstage shared their thoughts on the quotes from the book.

Clara H. Carlson Students Pay Tribute to Dr. King

4. Jansy Martinez-Torres, a fifth grader in Mrs. Coppolino’s class, performed “Free at Last.”

Clara H. Carlson Students Pay Tribute to Dr. King

5. Principal Stacia Walfall, school social worker Karina Bruno, One Award winner Maria Toscano and Assistant Principal Richard Mansfield.

Clara H. Carlson Students Pay Tribute to Dr. King