Students Dream Big for MLK

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Students and their families gathered on the evening of January 18 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the theme of his famous speech “I Have a Dream…” Each of the schools honored Dr. King’s message of peace and equality through song, dance and skits, which also tied into the districtwide theme of “Dare to Dream.”

The evening’s program, hosted this year by Principal Ed Tallon of Davison Avenue Intermediate School, began with a presentation of colors by members of the Lakeview Girl Scouts and an invocation by Reverend Melvin Boone of St. Paul AME Church of Rockville Centre.

The tribute included lively performances of songs with inspirational messages from students at Downing and Davison, as well as skits proclaiming “change today” from HTH’s Harmony Chorus, and concluded with a modern dance piece set to the “I Have a Dream” speech by members of the high school’s Black Studies Group.

The 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award recipient honorees were Donald Hayes, a Malverne Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS), and Kito Lockwood, coach and student support mentor at the high school. Both of the honorees are prime examples of Dr. King’s ideals of perseverance, dedication and compassion.