Elementary students pay tribute to Dr. MLK Jr.


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Gotham Avenue School elementary students honored the late Dr. King during an Elmont Union Free School District Board of Education meeting on Jan. 10.

Administrators, parents, principals and faculty sat in the audience while select fifth grade students from Breanna Washington’s class gave a presentation on the importance of MLK Day. These fifth graders included Breanna Abrams, Solana Boccasini, Simon Gordon and Kevin Sanon.

After listening to a portion of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the students shared facts about his life and civil rights mission. After educating the audience, first grader students took to the stage to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is a hymn first written as a poem in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson. The young performers also sang Steve Wonder’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

The students received a standing ovation at the end of their performances.