Now as we approach the end of January, it’s time to focus on an important American hero – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Orchard School for Learning in West Caldwell relates Dr. King's legacy to its own students in the following way:

Children are quick to sense when things are not fair.  They understand the pain of not being included by a friend or even a sibling.  They know it hurts when they are left out.  Speaking about Martin Luther King and his life shows children that everyone feels the same inside, even though we make look different on the outside.  Some people have blue eyes, others don’t, some people have long hair, others have short, some people are tall, some or not, some people are white, others are brown, black, etc., and the list goes on. Yet, we are all the same. We are all people.

Dr. King saw that certain people were not being treated the same as others depending on the color of their skin, their gender, religion, intelligence, physical challenges or ability.  He knew at a very young age that this system needed to be changed. He was just a normal kid, just one person, but he believed he could change the world.  The odds were clearly stacked against him. His awe-inspiring speech, ‘I Have A Dream,’ spoke of a far-off America where people would be judged by their character, not by the color of their skin….”

Dr. King was a great man who wanted everyone to be treated fairly. He accomplished what he set out to do all those years ago: he changed the world forever.  Like MLK, every child has the potential to do great things and make a difference in the world. His life is truly a lesson that cannot be emphasized enough!