Boro tots ring the bell for peace

World of peace: youngsters push for peace.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Dyker Heights tots joined an annual march for peace in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, turning their school auditorium into a cavalcade of goodwill, according to a member of the school’s faculty. 

“It is so important to instill what Dr. King believed,” said Assistant Principal Lauren Napolitano. “The time is always right to do what is right.” 

Students marched through their school with hand-held signs or hand-colored headdresses decorated with signs of peace, while singing songs, including “Freedom Freedom” and the “Peace Song.”

Director of early childhood education Diane Gounardes said the lessons taught by Dr. King remain as important today as they did during 60s, and that Brooklyn students are never too young to study the civil-rights movement.

“No matter what we look like or how we dress, we all deserve the same respect,” she said. 

Tots decorated headdresses with images of peace.Photo by Arthur De Gaeta
Kids sang songs as they marched through the school auditorium.Photo by Arthur De Gaeta