The Springdale School District took the opportunity to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior day through education. Many of the students at Lakeside Junior High heard King's "I Have a Dream" speech for the first time Monday.
"Now I realize how important these things are," says 8th grade student Kaylee Avalos. 'If we were just out of school like we should have been, some kids would not have understood it as well."
Schools across the district organized special lessons and activities to honor the civil rights leader.
"It's a great opportunity to let the kids learn a little bit about him, to kind of explore who he was, and what he said, and why he's important," says 9th grade teacher Jamie Stallings. "He fought against injustice and he did it in a nonviolent way. He shows us that words can have an effect."
Stallings says there's no better way to celebrate King's memory than taking time to listen to what he had to say.
"He's a guy that really walked the walk," Stallings told the class. "He did powerful things. He used powerful words, but it wasn't just his words, it was his simple actions."
Avalos simply appreciates the sacrifices King made in his fight for freedom and justice for all.
"Without him I don't think America would be like it is today with the equality and schools of all races combined," she says.