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Longwood Community Connections Committee Hosts Another Successful MLK Unity Walk

Longwood Community Connections Committee Hosts Another Successful MLK Unity Walk

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the District’s Community Connections Committee hosted a Unity Walk for more than 500 participants on Saturday, January 13, 2024.

Longwood Board of Education members, Superintendent Dr. Lohman, central office, directors, faculty, staff, students, community members, and our local representatives gathered at Coram Elementary School to walk together to the Coram Fire Department, symbolizing diversity, peace, unity, and solidarity.

After introductions by Dr. Vaughn Denton, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel and Community Services, co-host eighth-grader Canaan Caballero spoke about building a community where everyone is valued and respected and striving for a community that embodies the ideals of justice and equality.

Longwood Board of Education President Victoria Molloy welcomed participants and shared the District’s principles of respect and empathy, fostering an environment where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

“Today, we unite and reflect on Dr. King’s enduring legacy and reaffirm our commitment to his dream of unity, equality, and justice,” said Mrs. Molloy. “Our Annual Unity Walk is a symbolic gesture and a shared journey that continues to support and build an inclusive community.”

During the event, MBK/MSK students performed a powerful and impactful song of resilience. Students read inspiring essays and shared musical performances, with attendees visiting with community organizations and browsing student artwork, honoring various aspects of Dr. King’s principles of non-violence and peace.

Thank you to Senator Dean Murray, Assemblyman Joe DeStefano, Legislators Nick Caracappa, Chad Lennon, Dominick Thorne, and Councilman Michael Loguercio for joining us, with special thanks to everyone involved in the planning of such an impactful event, especially the District’s Community Connections Committee.

Special thanks to the Coram Fire Department for hosting the event and food sponsors Tainos, Bella Roma, Mill House, Stop and Shop, Mac’s Deli, Starbucks, Dare to Dream, Capio's Pizzeria, and the Longwood Career Center.