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'He Didn’t Fight With His Fists. He Fought With His Words,' Says Bartow Student on Martin Luther King Jr.

Kindergarten students at Taylorsville Elementary, just outside Cartersville, learned of his impacts through a variety of lessons.

Teacher Debra Collum used brown and white eggs in a demonstration on a Martin Luther King Jr. lesson. Photo: Bartow County Schools
Teacher Debra Collum used brown and white eggs in a demonstration on a Martin Luther King Jr. lesson. Photo: Bartow County Schools

By Sharon Roper

Kindergarten students at Taylorsville Elementary learned through a variety of lessons how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted our society. 

“It is really important children understand this isn’t just a day off. They should know the background of why he did what he did,” said Principal Bernadette DiPetta. 

Students rotated through four different classrooms, which conducted different lessons about diversity and King’s life. 

In Lisa Jones’s session, students discussed how King had a dream that everyone would get along. “We want them to know who Martin Luther King Jr. was and that we are the same on the inside. We all have feelings and need to be loved,” said Jones. 

Over in Mary Shannon Hubbard’s session, students were using art to create a poem: Heart to heart, hand and hand, together forever, we will stand.

“He didn’t fight with his fists. He fought with his words,” commented student Logan Comstock. 

Student Cody Bishop explained how a lady got on a bus and some man told her to move and she got arrested. 

Teacher Debra Collum used brown and white eggs in a demonstration. Student Hawke Johnson said, “They were the same on the inside but different on the outside.” 

Using technology in Martha Worthington’s classroom, students were able to hear parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech with King’s march on Washington D.C. 

“He taught people how to be good,” said student Brandon Tarver. 

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