Music teacher David Bourgeois helps first-grader Mikel Kouba as the boy reads his idea for making Monroe Elementary School a better place: 'Have kindness and truth in your heart and believe in good.' Each classroom came up with a suggestion for making Monroe a better place, and students read the ideas during a program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated nationwide on Monday. On the back of each sheet of paper on which the ideas were written was a portion of a drawing of King In the background, art teacher Kristina Pulera tapes the papers to the wall, forming a large mural of the Civil Rights leader.
Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become something of a tradition at Monroe Elementary School in recent years, but this year's format included sing-a-longs and plenty of student participation.
"We have done things, but nothing like this," said Principal Bill Bertsche.
This year's program was put together entirely by music teacher David Bourgeois. He taught the students six songs related to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or the Civil Rights Movement during the twice weekly music classes all students attend. The entire student body sang the songs during the program, which took place in ...