Pittsfield Elementary holds a school-wide March for Change in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor

From justice and equality to peace, love and anti-bullying, Pittsfield students were encouraged to promote a cause important to them during the Pittsfield March for Change in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Families were invited to watch the 240 students from every classroom Young 5’s through fifth grade form a parade inside the school to support their ideals.

Principal Melita Alston explained that the school always does something in January to acknowledge the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , and this year the Building Equity Leadership Team decided that a March for Change would encourage more students to reflect on the values important to them.

EL teacher Melissa Villanueva noted that King once said that love without power is sentimental and anemic, and that King was a proponent for change on many pertinent social issues.

“So as a result, students decided what issues were concerning to them and what they wanted to change and therefore they studied it, they marched for it today,” she said.

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