Charter Spotlight


Woodlands School Student featured in the Journal Sentinel


Congratulations to Jacob Skinner a seventh grade student at Woodlands School who won third place (grades 7-8 category) in the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. student essay contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"It's up to us to form a community"

By Jacob Skinner


When someone says "hero," people usually think of Superman or Spider-Man.

But I think of Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King had a dream, and in this dream he saw people of all different races helping each other and not judging them by the color of their skin. He judged them by what is inside of them.

He experienced racism early in his life and he wanted to make the world a better place. He wanted to see kids of all the same colors in one school. Dr. King wanted to see the world be a better and fairer place.

If Dr. King were alive today, he would probably like to see my school because we have kids of all races. He would like to see our "Time For Living" class because we learn about respecting each other and trustworthiness.

We also learn about social justice. When I was in fifth grade, our class went to the Peace Learning Center for a field trip. We learned about how to be peaceful to others. I learned about Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Cesar Chavez. These great people were peace mentors. We played a jump rope game that helped us learn about teamwork and cooperating with others.

The church I belong to has a social justice and economic justice program. I help make crafts to sell to raise money for UNICEF. I also donated kids books to help the Cass Street School because they don't have as many books for kids as some other schools have in Milwaukee.

Also, my school and my church have food drives to help the Hunger Task Force provide food for the hungry families and people in need.

When I am in high school, I will be in the youth group at my church and then I can go to a Habitat for Humanity program.

There, I will help to build houses for families in need. Dr. King would probably think that Habitat for Humanity is very helpful to people in need.

I'm learning in my school, church and family that we are all part of a community of all different races. Leaders like Dr. King influence and help us learn how to get along and respect others. Leaders like Dr. King help kids like me learn how to be part of a community.

This is our world. This is our neighborhood. This is our brotherhood.


To view Jacob's essay as featured on January 15, 2011 on the Journal Sentinel web-site, go to: . To view the entire list of essay winners, go to: .