Dear Lyons Recorder,
Thank you for publishing second grade writing this month!
Students were asked to respond to the following questions relating to the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday this month.
“Interview family members about their dreams of freedom; What does “freedom” mean to these family members? In what ways do they consider themselves free or not free? What
kinds of freedom do they think Dr. Martin Luther King would want for all Americans if he were alive today?”
Thanks very much! The students are very excited to see their work in the newspaper!
Best regards, Sara Barone and Wendy Parker, Second grade team
“Thank you Dr. King for giving freedom to everyone.”
by Lochlan O.
My family thinks we have lots of freedom. Dad thinks freedom is having the ability to pursue the life you choose to live. Mom says that freedom is being able to go anywhere without fear of harm. Katie gets to learn what she wants to learn. I am thankful for playing on the internet.
By Jordan B.
Freedom is to be free.
Freedom is to go wherever you want.
To share places.
To sit wherever you want on the bus.
Freedom makes me happy.
By JD M.
Dr. King was as brave as a soldier. His words, “Don’t judge someone by the color of their skin, but the content of their character,” were the most powerful I’ve ever heard. He wanted all men to be free. Free to choose their school, their churc,h or their job without being segregated. Today, we are all free. Thank you Dr. King for making America a better country that is no longer segregated.
By Wyatt L.
Dr. King Jr. would like to make everything equal. Which would really help the world’s problems
By Ryan B.
She says, “Freedom means we can choose our own God.” He says, “Freedom means the ability to follow your heart.” She says, “I feel we have the freedom to become as educated as we choose. “He says,”I’m free to do what I want, to live where I want, to go where I want.” If Dr. King were here today he would want freedom from oppression and for all Americans to be created equal.
By Jon H.
I am free to love, worship, work, travel, vote and to learn. I believe I should not be judged by the color of my skin. I think Dr. King would be happy with the rights we have today. BUt I think he would kike tor it to be easier to enjoy our freedom.
By Peytan G.
An interview with Ryan’s grandparents:
“To me freedom means that all people are treated equally,” says Bobbie
“The right to vote for anybody or anything secretly,” says Milty
“He would want all people to have a good job and education,” says Jeanne
“I think everybody is equal. He would want for everyone to be treated equally,” says Joel
By Ryan B.
My Mom thinks freedom is the ability to be happy. Martin was a man who dreamt wide and true. He was a peaceful man. He believed in others. He worked for justice in every way.
By Sierra L
This coming Monday is MLK’s 84th birthday if he was alive. For school reading, I took the “I have a dream” book home. I thought his story of the smelly mule was funny. The book got me thinking about what is freedom. I talked to my Dad about what does freedom mean. My Dad thought that freedom is being able to live in a fair land. It includes equal rights, laws that are just, living a life independent but is socially productive. I asked the same question to my Mom. She said to her it is about the choice to be who she is. I think freedom is about being able to play instead of following a bunch of rules. My Dad thinks he is free as long as he does a good job at work. But he says especially feels free on the weekends. I think I am free to paint pictures. I think I am not free because I have to do homework. My Dad thinks MLK would want all to have an equal opportunity. If MLK were alive today I think he would want for all Americans is to enjoy the day and walk their dogs because is nice.
By Chloe M.
I interviewed my sister about freedom. She thinks that freedom means you can do what you want. people are not slaves. She says, “She is free because she is not forced to do everything.” My sister says that if Dr. King Jr. was alive today he would say that people could make their own decisions and to be treated equally.
By Karys C.
Freedom is the key to happiness. If we did not have freedom, we’d be in a tight cage.
If you love freedom you should honor it.
Spread it and share it.
By Sophie P.
Freedom means having the right to make choices. Dr. King was leading the fight against segregation and wanted all people to have an equal chance. If Dr. King were alive today he would like tell of us to be fair and work toward our peace.
By Nathan R.
My family and I think Dr. King would want all Americans to be treated equally. He would want everyone to get along no matter what race they are. My sister thinks freedom is to do what we want, say what we want, live where we want, be what we want, and get what job we want. My Dad thinks freedom is that you have the right to choose your religion. Also to have the right to live how you want.
By Cece B.
Dr. King was very brave man he changed the whole United States. If we never had him born, people would be treated unfairly. His speech made black and white people be friends. Now, I can be friends with whoever I want.
Betsy Irwin thinks freedom means, “I’m free to believe the bible is God’s word and Jesus is God.”
Dr. King would want us to be free to vote, to worship, and not to be afraid or hungry.
By Trinity I.
If Dr. King were alive today, he would want people to love each other and not hurt each other. I feel very lucky to be living in a free country. I am free to play with my friends. I am free to go to other countries with my family. I’m free to go to school and get a god education.
By Jackson M.
I interviewed my Papou and Gram. Papou fought in the Korean war as a radio operator sending Morse code. Gram’s uncle was a fighter pilot in WWII. Papou says “Freedom allows him to talk to his grandkids whenever he wants.” Gram says, “Freedom is a precious gift and we are so fortunate to live in the U.S.” Papou says, “He wants equality for all races and religions whether they are rich or poor.”
By Maya N.
I asked my family about freedom. My Mom thinks freedom is the power to make your own decisions about life. My Dad thinks it is being able to live the way you choose, not what others think. My Nonny believes freedom is being able to make the choices for our lives, without hurting others. And finally, my sister Lila (3 ¾ yrs), “I think it’s Family.” And I think Dr. MLK Jr. would like all people to feel equal and have peace.
By Sara H.
Speaking of freedom...my Mom served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years! She did it to protect our freedoms. The war that is going on right now should stop! We all have our rights, except criminals.
The world should be filled with peace and we all should have our freedoms.
By Harrison J
Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. He fought for the rights for African Americans. He wanted everyone to be treated the same. He made a lot of great speeches, and changed the way the world is today. His most famous saying was, “I have a dream.” The world could use more great people like Martin Luther King Jr.
By Brooklyn E.
I talked to my Dad about the meaning of freedom. He said, “Freedom means everyone has the same opportunities.” My dad said “He is free because he lives in a country where he succeeded by working hard.” My dad thinks Dr. King would want more Americans to have an equal chance at success as those who are more privileged.
By Cole T.
Mom’s dream of freedom is being able to make your own choices and to be you. Mom feels free to do some things, but not always. Dad’s dream of freedom is to be who you want to be. He feels free to say his feelings and vote. I think Dr. King would want everyone to be equal forever.
By Jeremiah C.
I interviewed my grandparents to find out what freedom means to them. I thought that they would be wise people to ask because they’ve lived much longer than I have. My grandparents believe that freedom means being free to live the life you want to and make your own choices, like what we read, who we vote for, and what religion we have. No matter what skin color we have, we should all have these freedoms. I think Dr. Martin Luther would want us to stop wars and solve our problems peacefully.
By Henry B.
Freedom is like running in a baseball field and being able to go where ever I want. According to my Uncle Pat, “Freedom is the ability to make your own choices.” My uncle believes that Dr. King would want equality for all men and woman not just in America but throughout the entire world.
Thanks to Dr. King I’m allowed to be friends with everyone and play baseball with whoever I want.
By Robby B.
Freedom is the ability to make your own choices. Freedom is also a privilege for people to choose their own way of life. I think freedom for Martin Luther King meant all people should have the same rights and be treated equally.
Freedom means that I can do what I want to do, It means that if I want to do something there’s nothing keeping me from doing it if my choices don’t harm other people. Dr. King would like everyone to be treated equally and to have the same opportunities to succeed.
By Lily H.
Freedom means that all people should be treated the same.
My Mom thinks freedom means being able to follow your dreams. I consider myself free by knowing that I can do anything if I try really hard.
By Reece B.
My Mommy says, “Freedom starts with the Constitution” and to Mommy it is the right to live and take care of the family, the way Mommy wants to. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
By Kayla A.
“Freedom is a gift God gives us,” Mom says. “Freedom means less government,” Dad says. “Freedom isn’t just the absent tyranny, it’s that yourself, Trenton says. “Freedom is to not be controlled by someone other than yourself,” Ethan says. “Freedom is the right to speak your mind,”Jared says, “Freedom means for people to stop knocking on your door when you are trying to relax.” I say freedom is no school!
By Cambria B.
Martin Luther King had a dream that everyone is treated the same. I asked my Mom and Dad what freedom means to them. They said, “Freedom is being able to live your life anyway you choose without being afraid.” They say we are free because we can pursue life, liberty and happiness. Mom and Dad told me Dr King would want everyone to be kind and not fight. Dr. King liked to treat people nice because we are all the same.
By Autumn O.
I interviewed my Mom. Here is what she had to say, “Freedom means being able to dream the impossible and that comes true.” Dr. King would want everyone to make an equal chance to choose their dreams.
By Theo V..
Freedom means to not be in jail and to live the life you want to live.
By Maya C.
My family is free. Each of them has a different opinion. My two year old sister says she is free because she can eat lettuce when she is not a rabbit. My brother says, “I am free by being able to do the things I do.” My other sister says, “She’s free to eat chinese food even when she’s not in China.” Freedom means to me that I get to make new friends. Mom and I believe that if Dr. King was alive today he would stand up for freedom for all sides for those who do believe in God and those who do not. For those that want to own guns and for those who do not. Mom’s favorite saying is the right of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Dr. King would support 100%.
By Anna F.
Freedom is the right to choose your religion, the right to free speech, and the right to vote. Without these rights, we would not be free. If Dr. King where alive today, he would want us all, no mater what race, we are to treat each other as equals.
By Raeana O.
Freedom for Alex P. is the ability to make his own choices and express his opinions without fear. He considers himself free to make his own decisions, while taking into account the views and needs of his family. Dr. King would want all people to be treated equally and fairly.
By Annabelle P.
I think if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he’d want people to share the world regardless of skin color. He would not tolerate violence. He would remind us freedom is the ability to do what you want to do and live your dream.
By Kristen Q.
What does freedom mean to you?
Daddy: Being able to make your own choices in life. Without freedom we wouldn’t be able to do a simple thing such as drive a car.
Mommy: Freedom is having the right to go where I want and do what I want in this life.
I am free to eat what I want, to believe what I want and to wear what I want.
By Niko M.
Freedom is about choosing which church you choose to go to. We can choose what playground to play on. Freedom is about making your own choices. Martin Luther King grew up in a time when he did not get to make choices like we do today. He could not eat anywhere he wanted or even sit anywhere he wanted. He fought for people’s freedom He would be happy to see how he helped change everything.
By Keara P.
My Mom thinks that freedom means being able to make your own choices in life. My Mom considers herself free because she is able to better her life by going to school to give her family and herself better opportunities. My Mom believes that Martin Luther King Jr. would want everyone to have the freedom to choose a better life by job status, education and citizenship.
By Nataya C.
What Freedom Means
Richard says, “I like to make my own decisions.” Jerry says, “I think Dr. King would like freedom to vote and the pursuit of happiness and love. “ Kristen says, “Freedom means others made sacrifices for you and me.” Hunter says, “Freedom means that I can do what I want, but not break the law.”
Freedom means standing up for yourself when things are not right, like Rosa Parks.
By Hunter P.
Everyone has the same opportunities. Freedom is a case of truly if it is a full glass or a half glass. Every girl and boy is free to choose what they want to do for a living. They can go anywhere in the country. They can vote for who ever they want no matter the religion. For all people to have equal opportunity and for us to treat everyone the same, no matter what color their skin is.
By Isabella H.