Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through Service
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Woodward Academy’s Upper School invited students to answer Dr. King’s famous exhortation to help others by taking action over the three-day MLK Day holiday weekend. The Service Leadership Board offered up opportunities including:
Students also can sign up on the Upper School’s community engagement dashboard, Helper Helper, to participate in a variety of small projects from home, including writing letters of appreciation to first responders, dropping off blankets and supplies to a local shelter, crafting a door poster or decoration for a resident of the College Park Healthcare Center, or baking a batch of cookies for a neighbor or a friend.
The Academy’s robust, ongoing Woodward Serves program connects all Upper School students to meaningful opportunities to help others. In a typical school year, Upper School students are required to perform 20 hours of service, but that has been reduced to 10 hours due to the pandemic. Woodward also offers a diploma distinction in Service Learning.
In the younger grades, teachers created many opportunities for experiential learning:
Seventh and eighth graders each completed puzzle pieces depicting service and caring for others for a Middle School-wide puzzle installation; French and Spanish students learned Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in those languages; and choral students learned civil rights hymns.
Lower School morning announcements included highlights from Dr. King’s life story, and counselors created a Bitmoji/Virtual Classroom here for teachers to use as a resource not only for MLK Day but for all issues regarding civil and human rights.
Pre-K students at the Primary School learned about how Dr. King wanted all people to treat each other with respect and dignity and created books called “We Can Be Kind”; third graders discussed citizenship, taking action for our rights, and public virtue, and created art pieces; and students at every grade level engaged in age-appropriate reading about Dr. King’s life and work.
At Woodward North, second graders completed a “Dream Town” project incorporating Dr. King’s life and contributions into a Social Studies unit on communities, maps, locations, and directions; third graders created a mini-book about Dr. King’s early life, character traits, and achievements. and the sixth grade is planning a Zoom movie night on Friday, January 22, to watch “Hidden Figures” and follow up with discussion during the morning meeting January 25.
WN3rd Grade MLK Mini Book!— Woodward Academy (@WoodwardAcademy) January 15, 2021
Students created a mini-book which includes researching MLK, Jr’s early life, important places in King’s life, character traits, identifying the main idea of his “I have a Dream” speech. Great discussion during class #woodwardway #wnlearns #Ihaveadream pic.twitter.com/URFdXUAdHa
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with @iamkidpresident Keep dreaming, keep perservering. Things won’t always be easy or fair- push through with dignity and grace! #Ihaveadream #learnfromakid #woodwardway #noplaceforhate pic.twitter.com/Xbw1jKXxpE— Tammy Bailey (@tammytechbailey) January 15, 2021
MLK birthday Celebration at WN-PK— Woodward Academy (@WoodwardAcademy) January 14, 2021
The PK students listened to story called "Martin's Big Words" and then participated in an interactive activity from Scholastic Mag. called - We Are All Different- we may be different but it shows how special everyone is.
#woodwardway #wnlearns pic.twitter.com/5amSiTbjk6