Milton Hershey School Virtually Observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day
As Milton Hershey School students continue virtual learning in student homes, the leadership and empowerment lessons from the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were the guide for virtual classes and student home activities across all divisions on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
“It is special that students of all ages are getting a chance to learn about and celebrate the lasting legacy of Dr. King,” said Fonati Abrokwa, MHS Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. “Through age-appropriate activities such as watching videos, reading stories, and engaging in discussion with their housemates and classmates, they are not only learning about history, but also the valuable lessons that Dr. King taught such as conflict resolution, kindness, and leadership.”
Throughout the day, Elementary Division students learned about Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech through the book, Martin’s Big Words and wrote about their own personal dreams for their future. Other students heard from Kid President on the importance of dreaming big and participated in online activities.
Middle Division dedicated their Morning Meeting to having students choose a famous Dr. King quote to apply in their life today. In social studies, they learned about how the civil rights movement connects to the school’s Sacred Values.
The Cultural Advisory Committee in Senior Division created inclusive lessons and programming centered around Dr. King’s speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint.” Students reflected on their own lives and are using his speech as a guidepost for the future.
“Taking a moment to reflect on the contributions of Dr. King and his example is what this day is all about for our community,” Abrokwa said. “By living out our Sacred Values, we are all paying tribute to what Dr. King stood for and continuing his work, striving for a world of peace and inclusion.”
January Twitter Chat
As we focused on Dr. King and his leadership in the community, MHS hosted a Twitter chat on Monday, Jan. 18 focused on the importance of mentoring in the current climate. We shared ideas and strategies for navigating the mentorship landscape when connecting face-to-face isn’t an option.