Sharing Dr. King’s GRAND Message

Sharing Dr. King’s GRAND Message Through Reading
Photo of Principal Ms. Bryant-Bell reading Martin's Big Words

Recently, students at Grand Avenue School in the Uniondale Union Free School District participated in the first ever Virtual GRAND Read. A longstanding read aloud tradition at Grand Avenue, The GRAND Read had a new look this year as students and teachers utilized Google Meet to connect with all grade levels.

“Now more than ever, I think it’s important to emphasize the importance of Dr. King’s message to our young scholars,” said Ms. Rhonda Taylor, Acting Superintendent of Schools. “Being a
minority district, it is vital that we empower our scholars to continue to live the practices of Dr. King and stand up for racial justice and inclusivity.”

The books all centered around Dr. Martin LutherPhoto of Virtual GRAND Read King Jr. The readers discussed Dr. King's message of equality, peace and kindness in conjunction with Grand Avenue's Kindness Month. Pre-K - 5th grade students read All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Farris Watkins, and The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes.

Photo of Virtual GRAND ReadThe books were read by Mrs. Bryant-Bell, Principal; Mrs. Davis, Assistant Principal; Ms. Little,
Guidance Counselor; Mrs. Patterson, Social Worker; and Mrs. Pletenycky, Library Teacher. The young scholars were delighted to interact with the school staff and see their classmates virtually! 

Photo of students at desks watching reader on white board

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