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Pre-K students create peaceful promises in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Pre-K students create peaceful promises in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 's birthday, pre-k students in Stephanie Tirado’s class read the book “My Daddy, Martin Luther King Jr.” by Martin Luther King III. Scholars discussed peace, fairness, and love. They also watched a video explaining these concepts further.   

After the video, the class created their very own “Peaceful Promise Tree.” Each scholar came up with one thing they could do to promote peace in their community. Students then illustrated and wrote their “peace promise” on a leaf for the tree.   

Here are some of the promises the students made:   

  • I promise to show love.  

  • I promise to share with others.   

  • I promise to use gentle hands.   

  • I promise to help others.   

  • I promise to listen to and learn more about my friends.   

  • I promise to include everyone.   

  • I promise to stand up for my friends. 

Dr. Pearce and Dr. BC

Students, teachers, and community members from countries around the world filled the cafeteria for Mount Vernon High School’s No Place for Hate - A Walk Around the Globe on Friday, January 20, 2023. The room was lined with flags from around the world, and tables were set up with displays detailing the cultures of each country. There was an assortment of food from several countries as well.  

Students in Pre-K playing games at House of Sports

Universal Prekindergarten students in the Mount Vernon City School District are currently learning about health and nutrition. To support the learning in this unit, pre-K students from across the district took a trip to House of Sports.

Kids petting rabbit

Traphagen scholars took an in-house field trip that featured a tortoise, ferret, and albino rabbit. Students were allowed to touch all the animals and see them up close. Nick Coon, a naturalist educator at Greenburgh Nature Center, brought his scaly and furry friends to Traphagen School on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the field trip.

Pre-K students arriving to school

A month after the beginning of the Mount Vernon City School District's universal pre-kindergarten program for 3-year-olds (UPK-3), parents are seeing development in their children's communication and reading skills. Scholars began their pre-K journey at WestCOP Bethel Early Childhood Center, Friendship for Tots, and Our Lady of Victory School.   

Firefighter gathers pre-k students for a picture.

Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.