Thursday January 18, 2018
“Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students from Orchard and Chamberlin Schools took part in full-day celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work last week. The event, held Thursday, January 11, was in recognition of the federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), which is observed on the third Monday of January each year.
Deirdre Donovan, a South Burlington High School educator and advisor of the Student Diversity Union helped coordinate the program which brought high school students to two of the district’s elementary schools for the day to teach and interact with children from all grades. Fifth grade students worked with the SBHS students to present a unified message of inclusion and community using information about Dr. King. They performed a skit and a choral chant of a MLK quote with hand motions.
Each of the two elementary schools ended the day with a full assembly including a presentation with songs, coordinated by elementary music teachers Lisa Finlayson and Amy Frostman.
The high school students made a necklace for each student and teacher. The necklaces featured a quote from one of Dr. King’s last speeches, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and read, “Only when it’s dark enough can you see the stars.” This quote was particularly poignant as 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the speech, which was given April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was assassinated the following day.
According to Orchard School Principal Mark Trifilio, the format of the school’s MLK program was originally brought to South Burlington by resident Monica Ostby through Sheryl McConney’s Envision Children program out of Cincinnati, Ohio.