First-graders at Kyrene de la Esperanza learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message Thursday, and they did so using eggs.

After reading a short story called My Brother Martin, written by King’s sister, Christine King Farris, Jen Leese provided her students with one brown egg and one white egg. Leese asked her students to make observations about how the eggs looked on the outside and predict how they would look on the inside.

After breaking the eggs open, the students were asked to compare how the insides of the eggs appeared.

“They are very different on the outside but pretty alike on the inside,” student Lindsey Logan said.

The students then made comparisons about how they, too, were different from yet similar to each other.

“It’s important for them to see that although things look different on the outside we focus on the inside,” Leese said. “We are big on character development at our school, and we stress that what people look like or what they’re wearing is not important. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. day will be observed this Monday, Jan. 18.

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