PLAINFIELD, NJ — Third grade students at Evergreen Elementary School in Plainfield performed The Martin Luther King Jr. Poem for Choral Reading, by Joan Nichols, during a school assembly honoring the civil rights leader.

Music Director Nancy Vahalla guided the students through their performance, highlighting different events in Dr. King’s life.  The students recited parts of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the march on Washington D.C. for jobs and freedom, the Montgomery Bus Boycott with Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat on a bus, and the Children’s Crusade, when the children marched in protest of Birmingham, Alabama’s segregation laws.

Vahalla said the students enjoyed the experience, adding, “They did a fantastic job. We are very proud of what we did at Evergreen School.”

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The performance was open to the children’s parents and students. Also in attendance was the district’s newly appointed Elementary Education Executive Director, Dr. Gretel Perez, who addressed the students and congratulated them.

“I am so delighted for the opportunity to see you reenact an important event in our history. It gives us a lot of hope of what’s in store for us in the future. I applaud you and also your principal and teachers because this could not have been done without them.”

Evergreen Principal BJ Brown challenged the second graders to be prepared for their presentation next year when they enter the third grade. 

RELATED: Black History Month Celebration

Evergreen School’s next assembly for students and parents will he held February 27 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Black History Month.

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