MLK 2016_6On Monday, January 18 from 1:00-3:00 pm, Kidsbridge celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy by partnering with the Historical Society of Princeton, Christine’s Hope for Kids, Sheltered Yoga and GLSEN Central NJ.

This year’s afternoon of free programs featured the theme “Nourishing the Mind and Body.” Unlike last year’s MLK event which was held in the Tolerance Museum, the backdrop for this year’s special day was the Historical Society of Princeton’s Updike Farmstead.

Families participated in a variety of activities that engaged and inspired both children and adults alike. Tina LeMar of Sheltered Yoga offered “Mindfulness Yoga” classes, designed to get visitors of all ages to be physically active while also teaching them relaxation techniques.

Kidsbridge educator Edie Serafine presented an interactive lesson about being an UPstander — an activity designed to promote tolerance and cooperation.

MLK 2016_1 Carol Watchler of GLSEN Central NJ led a discussion about “No Name Calling Week,” providing alternative responses when people are mean and call you names.

Eve Mandel of the Historical Society of Princeton and the partners were pleased to offer access to a reading room where children learned more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to the civil rights movement via books, quotes, activity sheets and conversations.

An additional shout out to Jean Gianacaci of Christine’s Hope for Children for the foundation’s financial support of this event.

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