Not even the first snow in Colorado could keep Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College students and families from coming in droves to their first-ever MLK Exhibition Night.
More than half of the student population was represented to support this inaugural event. Exhibition Night was a formal event that provided an opportunity for students to showcase the project-based assignments they had been working on throughout the semester to their families, peers and the community. Students were invited to showcase their work and explain the learning process along the way.
Projects ranged from poetry about the life of refugees, to social awareness of current events, to competing remote-controlled robots — all of which covered the hallways and classrooms as a gallery for spectators to observe. Attendees were also given a rubric to evaluate and critique the student’s presentations.
“I presented my, ‘This I Believe’ speech in Ms. Roberts’ class,” shared Leilah Macias, a seventh grader at MLK, who spoke about her experience of the evening. “It was cool to hear everyone’s speeches, and some made people cry. It was also cool getting to know and watch the sixth graders present their speeches as well,…they showed a lot of confidence.”
The overwhelming success of the event was attributed to the preliminary vision of Principal Kimberly Grayson, the support from the entire MLK staff, and the planning and execution from the PBL Committee. According to one teacher, the entire staff felt a sense of rejuvenation and togetherness as the event came to a close, “genuinely, I left last night with such a sense of pride for our staff and students with the extraordinary work shown. We are pioneering great things here at MLK and helping to showcase what spectacular students we have. From the bottom of my heart, please know that this Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be here with you all.”