February 21st, 2014
King Elementary School was honored recently by the installation of a sculpture through the Urbana Public Arts Commission in King Park. Artist Preston Jackson of Peoria was commissioned to create a sculpture in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his work in the Civil Rights Movement. The sculpture was placed in King Park by Lincoln Avenue in Urbana.
Prior to the installation, USD Elementary Fine Arts teachers, Cara Maurizi (music) and Sarah Tavis (art) presented ideas to celebrate it’s dedication and these were approved by the Arts commission in October, 2013. Both teachers created lessons that began in the fall and culminated in a celebration on January 24, 2014. Students at King school started learning about civil rights in their classrooms as well as in Fine Arts classes. Studies included guitars, protest songs, quilt squares and sculptures. All King students then participated in a program that included music and artwork from the civil rights movement. As part of the study, several special guests came to King school, including Scott Schwartz and Marten Stromberg, who helped teach songs, Ryan Groff who helped the students learn guitar and Gladys Pope who gave a moving speech about what it was like to live during the civil rights era. It was a moving assembly and great tribute to the work of Martin Luther King Jr.
February 11th, 2014
King students, their families, and the community came out in support of King Elementary School on Wednesday November 20, 2013 for King McTeacher night at a local McDonalds restaurant.
From 5 to 7pm that evening, teachers and staff from King served up the food at the McDonalds on Cunningham Ave. in Urbana. The school received 20% of all sales for the evening. The money raised will be used to purchase Promethean Boards for classrooms.
February 10th, 2014
On Friday, January 31st, the Chinese classes gave a performance in celebration of Lunar New Year during the building Community meeting. The celebration will included several classes with a number of grade levels represented. They performed for the whole student body, teachers and community members.
The teachers and students involved with the celebration worked very hard for weeks and they were very excited to share these performances with everyone.
October 17th, 2013
The Parent Teacher Organization/PTO at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School hosted its first Career and Community Resource Fair on Thursday, October 10th in the gymnasium at King School. Students had the opportunity to learn about specific careers, and parents received valuable community resource information from local agencies such as the Urbana Free Library, Access Initiative, Smile Healthy, The Urbana Park District, The Urbana Health Center, Urbana Adult Education, Parkland College, Eastern Illinois University, etc.
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October 16th, 2013
This year’s Walk n Roll to School day was on October 9, 2013. Students from King Elementary school join with students from around the country and around the world participated in this now global event.
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