SHIRLEY — With the fourth-grade Student Council acting as a master of ceremonies students at Lura A. White School held a Brotherhood Assembly In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Describing the different countries their ancestors came from, Meredith Marcinkewicz’s fourth-graders modeled Scottish and Laotian costumes and had Canadian and Laotian flags.
Other representative items included a souvenir spoon from Germany, bells from Nova Scotia, a doll from Poland, a Laotian rice basket and jewelry, a map and shamrock from Ireland, and pictures of India and Mexico.
The point of the display was to show that even though our families came from many different countries, we are all now Americans. The class also sang a song about how people can be very different, but can still sing together as friends.
Charlene Shorey’s first-graders also sang a song. There’s was about King and how he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Contributing to the event, Catherine Nacke’s third-grade class read portions of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Students from each homeroom then had a chance to come to the microphone and tell how someone in their class shows the spirit of brotherhood.
The program concluded with everyone singing the song “My Country ’tis of Thee.”