Yesterday we hosted our annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have many opportunities to hear of noble deeds and heroic people from far off lands in times long ago. As Mr. Evans noted in his welcome, it’s not so often that we get to celebrate someone with a history so recent and a home in our very own city.
All classes, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, came together to share songs, speeches, and stories. Older grades paired with younger ones, forming new connections and friendships. Middle school and high school students recited Dr. King’s Mountain Top speech and I Have a Dream speech. Each year, it is a moving experience to hear these words spoken in the voices of our own students. As they carve out their own paths through life, our students, too, will have great things to do in the world.
Mr. Gartland shared the story of Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady. When she was a little girl, Alice loved to listen to grandfather’s stories of faraway lands. She told her grandfather that when she grew older, she would also travel to faraway lands. She would live in a house by the sea. “There’s one more thing that you must do, Alice,” her grandfather told her. “You must also do something to make the world more beautiful.”
What gifts will our children have to offer the world? What roads will they travel? These are questions we can only ponder when, as Rudolf Steiner suggested, we “receive the children with reverence; educate them with love; let them go forth in freedom.”