Dr. King's Message Alive In Lubbock Area Schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/08

Dr. King's Message Alive In Lubbock Area Schools

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On a day when banks and post offices were closed, school bells rang in the Lubbock area.

The state mandated all Texas schools start on August 27th instead of starting a week or so earlier. Therefore, to get in all the required school days, some vacation days were sacrificed.

Pat Henderson, Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent said, "It really compressed our whole schedule so we had to pick and choose what days to have holidays and what days to not. But we're using it as an opportunity to do a lot of learning experiences on Martin Luther King."

Lubbock and Frenship ISD were also in class on Monday. However, all three school districts plan to have this day off next year.

On Monday night, one of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club also celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day through actions of service, rather than having the day off. A legacy celebrated not only at the Ted Phea Jr. Boys and Girls Club but also in Lubbock area schools.

Instead of enjoying a day off some 8th grade students at Lubbock-Cooper Middle School are learning about a dream.

"Does anyone else know what he did?" asked, 8th Grade Social Studies teacher Meg Kattwinkel.  

"He wanted everyone to have the same rights," said 8th grader Hunter Lightner.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream are talked about in Lubbock area classrooms, but it is not always on his observed birthday. However, this year with school in session some teachers saw it as an opportunity.

Kattwinkel said, "Usually we are not in school so we don't get the opportunity to take the actual day to learn about Martin Luther King. And so I thought it was a great opportunity to do that today."

Meanwhile, in Barbara James's 3rd grade classroom at Lubbock-Cooper South Elementary students learned how Dr. King helped change how race is viewed in our nation.

"I learned today that Martin Luther King Jr. helped black and white people do the same things," Brynlee Hill, a 3rd grader in James's class said.

James also used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to launch Black History Education Month, a little early.

"We have our day going and we're starting our black history study," James said.

Dr. King's message also made it onto the airwaves at Irons Middle School, when a news story ran about his life in Monday's student newscast.

Jackson Schmidt is an 8th grader at Irons Middle School who helped produce the newscast. He said student watched it, "this morning about 10 or 10:30 a.m."

A morning lesson about Dr. King's life and dream, just one of many taught throughout Lubbock Area Schools.

"He wanted to give equal rights to everyone," Lightner said.

If Dr. King were alive, he would have turned 79 years old last week.

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