by Pam Yorath, Grade 5 teacher
The Grade 5 students have been studying Barbara Smucker’s acclaimed novel Underground To Canada and have completed a wide variety of creative and critical thinking activities. They have been learning about slavery and racial equality and have been developing an understanding of the concepts of discrimination, segregation, and prejudice. Recently, the Grade 5 students listened to Martin Luther King’s powerful “I Have A Dream” speech and recorded their own dreams for the future of the world.
“I have a dream that humans will be friends not enemies. I have a dream that people will not judge you on how you look or on your religion but on who you really are inside because inside we are all equal. I have a dream that peace will always be there and that war will be unspoken of. I have a dream that help will always be there if you want it and that humans will be together as one.” -Sara
“I have a dream that we can have world peace. I have a dream that the world will balance out and there will be no terrorist attacks or theft. I have a dream that no one will have to go the hospital because of another person. I have a dream that pollution will stop around the world. I have a dream that viruses will not spread and then finally will die out. I have a dream that people can help poor nations. I have a dream that the world will change forever.” -Aidan
“I have a dream that people will stop being greedy for money. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, what matters is what’s inside of you. If you are on the right path, then good things will happen. And it starts with a dream. Dreams can be big, but they always start small. Like a tree. It starts small, but becomes big. Like Rosa Parks. She stood up for what she believed in. Money is like the devil. If you are tempted you will do bad things and hurt people you love. We can do good things to make the world a better place. It starts with a dream.” -Rachel
“I have a dream that in the world we live in there will be peace and hope. I dream of a world where there is no war. Somewhere where everyone is safe and everyone can live without being judged by the colour of their skin and their religion. I dream of a world where no one is killed and no one is left behind. I dream of a world where we see mistakes as a life lesson and try as hard as we can to not repeat them. I dream of a world where everyone is equal to everyone else—men, women, girls and boys are all treated equally like they should be. I dream of a world where we do not live in fear. I dream of a world where we live with happiness and hope. I dream of a world where we listen to each other. I dream that my dreams will one day come true.” -Tatum