Springs School teacher, Danielle Hamilton, entered her 6th grade students’ class project in the NYS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Art and Essay Exhibition. Out of all of the schools who participated in NYS, Springs School, Springs NY received a notable mention on the state’s website.
Students made a 12 x 12 inch painting representing one of Martin Luther King’s six principles of non-violence. They explored the power of the word, images, symbols and colors.
The video below was submitted to a NY State Competition and was awarded high honors! It features artwork and voices of Springs School 6th grade students’ for the virtual exhibition sponsored by NY State in honor of Martin Luther King Day 2022
Additionally, Assemblyman Thiele granted students and teachers with a Proclamation for their work. Shortly thereafter, East Hampton Town Supervisor Van Scoyoc granted them with a Proclamation as well.
The program focused on Martin Luther King’s six principles of non-violence:
- Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is active nonviolent
resistance to evil.
- Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding. The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
- Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people. Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims.
- Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform. Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences to its acts.
- Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate. Nonviolence resists violence to the spirit as well as the body. Nonviolence love is active, not passive. Nonviolence love does not sink to the level of the hater. Love restores community and resists injustice. Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.
- Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice. The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
From The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change