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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2022 | Chloe Ko

This year’s MLK celebration was led by the fifth grade. In preparation, the students reflected on these words of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr:

I have a Dream…that all men are created equal / What happens to a dream deferred? 

I have a Dream…that we will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. / Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Hold Fast to Dreams, For if dreams die 

I have a Dream…that we will join hands and walk together as sisters and brothers. / Life is a Broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Bring me all your dreams and your dreamers.

These were some of the students’ responses:

“I picture the march.”

“This reminds me of the Berlin Wall.”

“I think about Poland and Lithuania during World War II.”

“We read these words every year to remind us of how much we have changed and how we can continue to change.”

These connections reveal their compassion and love and how they are change-makers of God’s world. I am grateful for their care and thoughtfulness. I am encouraged to be the same.

Below is the celebration video. I hope you enjoy.

Chloe Ko

Teacher, Grade 5

Chloe Jang first developed a passion for children in high school when volunteering at her church’s children’s ministry. She learned how teaching with love and patience can have an impact on both student and teacher. Since then, Ms. Jang has received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English Language Arts from Hunter College. In New York City, Ms. Jang experienced diverse classroom environments, especially teaching fourth grade in West Harlem. She’s very excited to be a part of the Mustard Seed team and serve the community!

In her free time, Ms. Jang loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She even lived in Japan for one year, serving students in a college ministry. She also loves to read fiction books, workout, and explore new restaurants.

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