Head of School’s Letter

Honoring MLK

Posted by Holly Hirst on January 13, 2022

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this moment in human history, Dr. King’s words ring incredibly loud and true to me. In order to protect our children and our families, we had to cocoon ourselves in March 2020. It is now 2022 and COVID is still here, anxieties and tensions are high; and yet the earth is still spinning and the ASM community is doing everything it can to safely move forward together.
As we prepare to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and his lifetime of activism, ASM students have been learning more about this great orator and visionary:
  • Kindergarten students read “Martin’s Big Words,” and connected those words to a sensory activity. They discussed what freedom tastes like, what peace looks like, and what together sounds like.
  • Lower Elementary students cracked open a white egg and a brown egg and discussed how they were different on the outside, but same on the inside. They learned that MLK Jr. was an African American man that fought for equality of all races. They created a research banner to learn about his life, and what he did to help the fight against racism and segregation.
  • Upper Elementary students are writing a response to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and collaborating on a poem to celebrate his life. A few students took the time to recite an MLK poem in different formats. Take a look!
I wish everyone a safe and healthy long weekend. While away from each other, I hope you will take time to discuss Dr. King’s achievements with your children, and perhaps carry out a family service project to honor his legacy. If you do, please send me photos and a description! I’d love to hear from you!
In community,
Holly Hirst
Head of School

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