Friday, January 14, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Students and Parents,
     This Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  here in the United States.  While all of us are familiar with his name, many of us have forgotten all that Dr. King helped accomplish. Along with many other great Americans, such as Rosa Parks for example, Dr. King led the fight for Civil Rights and equality in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

     On the 28th of August, 1963, Dr. King gave one of his most famous and memorable speeches.  Here's a small sample of what Dr. King had to share with the crowd of almost 250,000! (click the video for it to start):
    (If you're viewing this in an email, you'll have to click here to see the video clip)

    Tragically, five years later, he was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee.

     His life's work was not to be forgotten, however.  On January 20, 1986, the United States declared that every third Monday in January will always be known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Yes, it is a day off from school and work, but it's not one that we should take for granted.
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A few weekly reminders...

    First, the money for our field trip to Frankfort is due by this Friday.  The cost is $3.00 for students.  Chaperones are free, but they will need to drive themselves.

    Also, the Simmons Snowflake Feast is this Thursday.  Students, I have you're ready to practice good manners!

    Lastly, the first half of the payment for our year-end trip to Mammoth Cave is due February 3rd ($30.00 for students, $35.00 for chaperones)

    Please check the calendar often for any other updates.

Thanks!
    Mr. Piercey      

     Students, want to learn more about Dr. King?  Please click this link.  

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