Princeton Day School is dedicating Friday, January 13 to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with special programming and opportunities for all students and faculty to honor Dr. King and work together on service projects. Each division has specific plans for the day.
In the Lower School, Alesia Klein, Head of Lower School, reported that the Pre-K students will be working with our 4th graders to clean up our campus; Kindergarteners will also be cleaning up our campus and playground; 1st grade students will be making bird feeders for our resident PDS birds. Using natural ingredients, students will create feeders that are environmentally friendly; 2nd graders will be spreading happiness by creating Valentine cards for seniors living in nursing homes; 3rd graders will be making fleece blankets for children of various ages who are in states of transition, moving into foster care or healthier home situations. The blankets will be given to the Bag Project. http://www.thebagproject.org/; and 4th grade students will not only be cleaning our campus with the PreK but will also be helping our larger community by cleaning up the pedestrian path along the Great Road.
In the Middle School, under the visionary direction of Performing Arts Department Chair Deb Sugarman, the 8th grade Theater Class will perform an original production entitled, Say My Name for the entire Middle School. Head of Middle School Renée Price noted, "I had the opportunity to preview the show last week. This play is packed with themes that relate to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we will explore the rich production and Dr. King's legacy through ongoing conversations in Middle School."
In the Upper School, students and faculty will have the opportunity to view another original play also directed by Deb Sugarman, about the "Freedom Riders," a group of civil rights activists who rode buses into the American South in the early 1960's to protest racial segregation. Head of Upper School Jason Robinson noted, "The cast of the play includes a number of Upper School students, and we will have an opportunity to discuss the play and its themes in faculty-led discussion groups that same day."
Stay tuned for photos from this inspiring day.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.