The Mt. Calvary Baptist Church puppet team, “Puppets with a Purpose,” performed a skit that focused on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the love and respect he had for all people. Puppeteers used colorful puppets to demonstrate acts of kindness as they wowed the young audience with a show that encouraged them to develop the character exuded by Dr. King.
The rap session for 4th-grade boys was facilitated by Chad Beam, English teacher at Burns High, and Rev. Lamont Littlejohn, Pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Shelby. "We used boxes labeled with negative actions to demonstrate how poverty, bullying, misbehavior, lying, etc., are all 'boxes' that can ensnare us if we allow them to do so,“ said Mr. Beam. "I know all too intimately the pitfalls of life's 'boxes'; fortunately I am who I am today because I also know the strength and power of a mind focused on education and thinking." Mr. Beam encouraged the boys to use education and logical thinking to overcome life’s obstacles.
“The puppet show was a perfect opportunity to celebrate Black History month by emphasizing the development of dreams, establishing peace, and exhibiting love for one another. That was the team's message to students through the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. “said Linda King, principal of Grover Elementary.
The program was coordinated by Joyce Pressley, a veteran teacher at Grover Elementary.
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