Mandalay Elementary School first-graders in Mary Evans’ and Cheryl Schwartz’s classes wrote about their dreams for the world and how they can follow the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The unit of study involved reading about the life and work of the late Dr. King in Scholastic Magazine as well as fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography “My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” written by Dr. King’s sister, Christine King Farris.


After reading multiple texts, Ms. Evans’ students put what they had learned about this iconic American figure in writing. In Ms. Schwartz’s classroom, students wrote about how they could be more like Dr. King in terms of the way they treat and serve others. They also decorated paper cutout figures, on which they wrote their dreams for the world based on the teachings of Dr. King.   



As a culminating activity, the two classes prepared a Martin Luther King Jr. showcase, which was placed in the school’s front lobby. The display included Scholastic posters and the students’ written compositions, which were used as a teaching tool for the Mandalay school community.  





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We are the smallest of three elementary schools in the district, located in the southernmost portion of the Wantagh community. Our size fosters a “family” atmosphere and personalized attention for our students. Our school is situated on acres of land surrounded by a park, with a marina on one side and homes on the other. It is a one-story building with courtyards and many windows that is, by design a bright, cheerful environment. A lighthouse and nautical theme have symbolized our school since it was erected near the coast in 1957.

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