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Connections: Linking Talented Educators

Just Like MLK, Students Have Dreams for America

January 14, 2022

Hailey Couch students MLK

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up, Hailey Couch (OK '18) engaged her second graders at Norman's Adams Elementary in a discussion about the civil rights hero's dreams of equality for all. They read books, watched a clip of Dr. King giving a speech, and talked about what they wanted to do to make the world a better place. Students included their top two dreams in their "I Have a Dream" essays, some of which Hailey shared with us. Naturally, saying goodbye to the pandemic is a common thread.

Dream collage 1

"I have a dream that everyone has food and water," said one student. "I have a dream that there is no COVID-19!" (Same, friend, same.)

Dream collage 2

This one tugs at our heartstrings. "I have a dream that everybody has a family that cares about them," said another student. "I have a dream that every foster kid could have a real home."

Dream collage 3

"I have a dream that there is no COVID virus," said a third student. "I have a dream that there would be no homeless people."

Dream collage 4

Hailey's students have dreams for our planet, too. "I have a dream that we would not throw trash in the sea," said one child, "and that we would be treated the way we're supposed to be treated." 

We think Dr. King would be proud of these young people!

Hailey Couch students collage MLK

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