I Have A Dream Day Celebration in honor of MLK.
One of the enriching programs offered at the Burnham Wood Schools is the Core Knowledge Celebrations. Students spend several months studying a thematic unit that applies to math, science, English and social studies. They then showcase what they learned to the school community using art, drama, music and sometimes balloons.
Each year students learn about the contributions of Dr. King, Jr. as well as other heroes who have had dreams to make the world a better place.
In turn, students are asked to express their dreams while connecting them to careers. The Academic Showcase culminates with a school wide gathering of students, teachers, parents and guests. Songs of freedom and patriotism are sung, Dr. King’s speech is recited, and each student is handed a balloon with their personal dream tied to the end of the string.
At the count of three all the balloons are released, thereby symbolizing the rising of their dreams, and the soaring of our hopes for a better future.
Each year several of the balloons are found and the school will receive a photo of the balloon or an email describing where it landed and how far it was from El Paso. This year one first grader’s balloon traveled 1517 miles -all the way to DeBary, Florida! Of course the receipt of this correspondence became a teachable moment our first grade teacher, Ms. Smith, who introduced them to maps and measurement, so the entire class could appreciate the distance a little girl’s dream traveled in order to share her humanitarian wish.
From: Brian Borgiet
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2012 2:44 PM
To: Mary Lou Smith
Subject: Found your balloon
My daughters and I are sending you this email because we discovered a balloon from Marcella O in our back yard on Sunday. Please let Marcella know her balloon travel 1517 miles, and landed in DeBary Florida.
BRIAN BORGIET Contractor on behalf of Ericsson Site Acquisition Manager II
Orlando, Florida, USA