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Elementary School Students Aid Bethanna children

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Jesse Reilly
The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

When asked what she knew about Martin Luther King Jr., Crooked Billet first-grader Sylvia Waldron used few words.

Andrew Parker, accompanied by Turner Jackson, carries a collection box to be donated to Bethanna Jan. 14. (Bob Raines - The Public Spirit)

“He had a heart of gold,” she said while decorating a card for children at Bethanna. “It’s good to remember him because he never hurt anyone.”

Based in Upper Southampton, Bethanna is a nonprofit organization that works to find homes for children through adoptive and foster services.

Waldron, and the rest of the students at the elementary school, were writing supportive messages on the cards as one of many activities during the school’s third annual Acceptance Day Jan. 14.
“I wrote you look swell,” Waldron said. “I think seeing that will make them feel good.”

This year’s theme, “Experiencing the World — Right Here in Our World,” focused on cultural diversity and allowed students to learn about six different cultures through traditional food, dress, language and customs.

“There were definitely some a-ha moments,” Principal Kari Hill said. “The point of this is to keep the discussion going and celebrate, understand and appreciate people that are different from them.”

Leading up to Acceptance Day teachers focused on King’s life and work through books, discussions, videos and in-class activities.

“The kids really get it,” Michelle Quartullo, a second-grade teacher, said. “Things like this give them a worldly perspective, shows them that there are people all over who need help.”

It also shows them, Quartullo continued, that they can be a part of the solution.

“It involves kids and show them that they can make the world a better place,” she said.

After learning about the era of segregation in the country, first-grader Tommy Cornell said he just didn’t get it.

“I don’t think it was fair that while and black people couldn’t be friends,” he said. “Even if they think they shouldn’t they probably could because they are the same.”

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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