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Elementary students reflect on MLK March Anniversary

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Some teachers in Eastern Iowa are using the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech to remind their students that their dreams are important.

For students at Dr. Walter Cunningham Elementary, Dr. King and his dream are well known.

"He had a dream for everybody to be free and happy," said Alyssa Holloway, student.

"A guy who had a dream about people that could be free," said Jashon Smith, student.

If it wasn't for leaders like Dr. King, the students at Cunningham Elementary may not have had the chance to go to school together.

More than seventy percent of the students here are black. Nine percent white and eight percent are Hispanic.

For teacher Shayla Stevenson, she says this day should be celebrated always.

"Just dreaming big and having a dream and making sure that they live it and they things that they stand for that they make sure that it's something positive," said Stevenson.

"My dream would be for everybody to not be killed and everybody should have a good life," said Holloway.

"To work at a school so I can help people learn better," said Smith.

"One day when I become a nurse that I can help cure people with their sickness," said Londyn McClarity, student.

The school is named after Dr. Walter Cunningham, a prominent African-American in the Waterloo community. He was a teacher, principal and mentor in the Waterloo schools who strived for excellence for his students.

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