Martin Luther King contest

Winners of the Martin Luther King Paragraph Have Been announced:

Jody Medina’s class: Mason Montoya, Laura Colgan’s class: Nicolas Cotts, Megan Hanlon’s class, Sofia Crosson, Mark Vialpando’s class Kimberley Padilla. Read their essays here:

What Martin King Luther Junior did was a remarkable feat. He had a beautiful dream and even after 40 years of his passing his dream still thrives like a plant in its perfect environment. His dream was for the people of all colors to be treated equally. For hundreds of years Americans had hurt innocent people of color, houses burned, and separate drinking fountains were the law. It was all so cruel. Martin Luther King would not tolerate it and showed the public through his powerful speeches that we all ought to be treated equally. Racism and prejudice, a judgment before an action, are still problems today. Hopefully, MLK’s speeches have influenced us all and some, like the Gardner School children believe that we all deserve to be treated well. In my class, we all get along and don’t judge others by color or looks. Martin Luther King Jr. is my idol. I hope his speeches will continue to influence many children in the future.
7th grade Kimmy Padilla

“If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” MLK This quote means no matter how hard things get, never give up. This is one of King’s famous quotes. Martin Luther King wrote many famous quotes and speeches. My favorite is the one above because it shows that if he didn’t listen to his own words there wouldn’t be improved relations between black and white people until later. He wanted a world where his kids could go to school and get a formal education, not a black or white education but go to a normal school without segregation. King loved his kids and he wanted a better world for them. He wanted a better childhood for his kids than the one he had. King wanted a world with peace and equal rights. Unfortunately, he would have to fight for it. MLK fought with words rather than violence. His quotes have power and meaning and are still used today. Even after his death in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was and still is a man who changed the world.
6th Grade Sofia Crosson

In my third-grade reading class, our book is Stories of Ancient Rome. Reading about Julius Caeser makes me feel happy. I thought about Martin King and how they were both heroes but different. Ceaser fought in wars and MLK fought with words. Fighting with words is a peaceful was of ending cruel laws. Caeser killed lots of pirates because they did not like his poems. Martin would never have acted like that. He was a lover, not a fighter. Even though Caeser was a warrior, he is exciting to read about, but Martin Luther King was a real hero.
Nicolas Cotts 3rd grade

This is Dr. King. He is a very special man because he tried to make the world a better and peaceful place. And if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be in the same class as some of my friends. I am very happy that he made the world a better place.
Mason Montoya 2nd Grade


The entire student body will present “The Nutcracker on December 21st at 6:30 PM. Please come out to celebrate with us. Your child will need to arrive at 6:15. Individual teachers will inform parents about costumes. Please bring a holiday treat to share for the reception following the performance. PL

Whole School trip to the Nutcracker!

This winter our schoolwide show will include all students to perform The Nutcracker on the evening of December 21st. More information will be provided as the time gets closer. Your child will be told what outfit to wear for the part to be portrayed.

Since the students will be performing the Nutcracker, we will be taking all of our students to a performance of the show performed by actors at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center on the 15th of November. Children are asked to bring $5.00 to cover the entry fee. The performance will be at 10:30 and students will return to school for afternoon classes.

The Annual One Room School House Celebration!

Each year Gardner School students and staff recreate the structure of the One Room Schoolhouse days. The theme this year will be Feasts, Family, and Friends from around the world happening on November 16th.  Children come dressed-up in the “One Room School House” style, they are split into multi-aged groups and do hands-on activities throughout the day. High school seniors, who attended the Gardner school are invited to return for the day. A hospitality room is set up for guests to visit and share stories. They are also welcome to visit the classrooms. Pull out your gingham, overalls and, please, come join us!