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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

In memory of Dr. King's dream for a better, fairer world, we at Clifton Hills participated in a MLK Celebration today. Every student was asked to sign a pledge on our Wall of Tolerance to work on one of these 3 things: Self- Discipline, Respect, or Acceptance. Teachers were also asked to sign for one of the 3 topics.

Most grades also did week-long studies of Dr. King's life and his accomplishments. Here is what 3rd grade did!
General Delk's boards: MLK Bio Poem, Pledge posters

Ms. Chastain's Bio Poem, nonfiction 4-square

Ms. Roach's Dr. King adjectives, KWL chart, Bio Poem

At the end of the day, grades 3-5 met together for an assembly to celebrate what we have done to remember Dr. King's legacy. I didn't get pictures and video of everything (I couldn't be all over the gymand leave my kids!) but here is what I have!

Mrs. Monique Berke, wife of Tennessee state senator Andy Berke and VP of Investment Operations at Unum, was a speaker about the importance of education. You'll never guess what she was willing to do to make sure she got her higher education! :)
Here is Mrs. Berke sharing her story! (sorry about the quality of video, I was pretty far away)

Here's Ms. Gabriella introducing Mrs. Berke. Click {HERE} to listed to her story, or watch it below!

But Mrs. Berke wasn't the only guest today!
We took the time to celebrate one of our unsung heroes here at the Hills. Officer Ratliff was recognized today for her quiet leadership as our crossing guard.

Officer Ratliff is dedicated, hardworking, and completely devoted to the safety of our students. She is wonderful with parents, students and teachers alike. Never has she had to raise her voice to make her intentions clear. She is an asset to the school and we are blessed to have her!

Our school's dance team and our 5th grade chorus performed a song with Mrs. Blowe. Click {HERE} to see it or watch it below!

 Our time together ended with a recognition of the pledges we made individually and as a school.

Our thanks to everyone who participated! Other esteemed visitors included Karen Hollis from HCDE, Councilman Manuel Rico, and members of Hamilton County's police dept.

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