New Heights celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by taking its annual middle school trip, this time to New Jersey. The first stop for the middle school program, coaches and staff was the Newark Museum, which hosted a special day in honor of the late Civil Rights leader. The students toured the museum and participated in a scavenger hunt and other activities. They also watched a short film on King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech and watched a documentary produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center titled, “Selma: Bridge to the Ballot,” which chronicled the fight for voting rights in Selma, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.
Following the museum visit, the group headed to Monmouth University for the Monmouth-Siena men’s game. Monmouth, one of the surprise teams in the country, has a New Heights alum on its roster – Josh James. Josh spoke to the students after the game about his journey to a Div. 1 scholarship, gave them advice on balancing basketball and academics and posed for pictures with them. The exhausted group got back on the Academy coach bus and headed home to NYC after a great day of learning and fun.