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Gotham Avenue students pay tribute to Dr. King

The life of Baptist minister and activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated by students at Gotham Avenue School during an assembly filled with song and dance.

Throughout the assembly, Principal Marshall Zucker discussed Dr. King’s life, shared the importance of his message and the Civil Rights Movement, while quotes and photos of Dr. King were displayed on a screen at the center of the multipurpose room. He also acknowledged that while some students may not know of Dr. King, his work made it possible for all of the students in Gotham Avenue to sit in the same room, something they wouldn’t have been able to do 60 years ago. Mr. Zucker also spoke about the right to vote and encouraged the adults in the room to register, if they had not done so already.

Fourth-grade students performed the “The Fight Song,” while fifth- and sixth graders sang and danced to “Come Alive” and “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack. Gotham Avenue alumnus Tanecia Sears (Class of 2012) was also in attendance. She and Mr. Zucker recognized sixth-grader Mariah Champagne as this year’s American Legion Elmont Post 1033 Brotherhood Award recipient. Ms. Sears received the award in 2012.

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  1. Gotham Avenue School fifth-graders sang and danced to “Come Alive” at the assembly.

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2. Gotham Avenue School sixth-graders (from left): Leeanna Dunn, Courtney McGruder and Grace Walcott led their peers in singing “This is Me.”

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3. Gotham Avenue sixth-grader Mariah Champagne (second, left) is pictured with her mother Tina-Maria Ellis (second, right), Tanecia Sears and Principal Marshall Zucker.

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4.Gotham Avenue fourth-graders posed for photos after their moving Performance

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