Larchmont Elementary used the time during MLK day and No Name Calling week to talk about civil rights and the great leaders that fought for them.
I didn’t learn much about civil rights leaders in my elementary school growing up, which is why it is great to see that Larchmont Elementary School in Los Angeles is taking the time to cover these incredibly important people throughout time. In addition to talk about civil rights, No Name Calling week fell during the same time that the school was celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To honor this, they had each student draw a representation of what MLK would do and made a mural together to represent the no-bullying culture they want to have as students.
According to the video:
The students of Larchmont Charter Elementary School in Los Angeles came together this year to celebrate national No Name-Calling Week 2013 in a unique way.
Taking advantage of the fact that this year No Name-Calling Week fell during the same week students were celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., art teacher Katy Parks Wilson led students in fusing both observances, celebrating the example of civil rights heroes who have demonstrated the power of nonviolence in creating change.
By encouraging each of 399 students to find his or her own way of expressing the weeks’ themes, Larchmont Charter built a spectacular mosaic mural that posed the question, “What Would Dr. King Do?”
This is by no means a silver bullet for bullying, but it an important conversation to have with all students.
The school won first place in the national No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Contest for this video entry. Congratulations!