(RUMSON, NJ – January 17, 2017) On Tuesday, January 17, The Rumson Country Day School students attended a special assembly to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A gifted orator, Dr. King used the power of words to inspire   others and to achieve seemingly impossible goals. The overall theme of the assembly focused on the values that Dr. King’s legacy upholds, specifically kindness, which parallels the qualities of character that are the cornerstone of the RCDS  experience.


Fourth grader Matthew Crystian and eighth graders Alex Lewis and Julian Sarin opened the assembly with a musical performance of “Lift Every Voice,” a theme song of the civil rights movement that inspired togetherness and hope.


The main event featured Len Cabral, an internationally acclaimed storyteller who shared fables and stories from personal experiences that artfully wove in the theme of kindness and delivered important morals. Students and teachers alike were  engaged by his ability to spark their imaginations with the power of imagery, employing creative gestures and words. Cabral has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976.

Appropriately timed with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mr. Cabral’s performance reinforced the fact that compassion is an essential value that allow us to work together and inspire positivity in a world that often focuses on the negative. Visit under “News Items” for a slideshow featuring audio from the students’ vocal performance and more photos from the event.

Alex Lewis, Matthew Crystian, Julian Sarin Above - Pictured: Len Cabral and students

Pictured from left to right: Alex Lewis, Matthew Crystian, Julian Sarin.



The Rumson Country Day School ( is a not-for-profit, independent, non-sectarian, coeducational school specializing in nursery through grade eight, with a 2016-2017 enrollment of 430 students – up 5% from the previous year. The school enrolls  students who work in small classes with superior programs in academics, athletics and the arts. With a student/teacher ratio of 7:1 and an average class size of 15, students are guided by a family of mentors who recognize strengths, nurture skills and   empower confident children to be curious about the world around them. RCDS offers half-day and extended day Nursery and Pre-K programs and a full-day Kindergarten. RCDS has been recognized as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the U. S. Department of Education since 1999.

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25 Jan 2017