Celebrating Dr. King

By Haley Burton

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Kids celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., learning about his legacy and how to continue it.

A guest rapper, jamming about peace and love, was just one of the highlights at the Discovery Center. Joe Criscitello, a sophomore at Vestal, wrote a special rap for the MLK Celebration. He performed his rap in front of a big crowd.

Nearly 100 kids came out to the annual Martin Luther King event. They learned about tolerance, anti-bullying and how to trust and love one another.

"I think what he was working for and striving for is still so relevant in today's times. Even though Dr. King would be 80 some years old this year, his message is something we can still continue to thrive for and bring to our community," said Nicki Barnard, School Programs Coordinator at Discovery Center.

There was face painting, a peace march, a puppet show and games.

The Vestal High School Peace Club put the event together to teach the younger generation about Dr. King's message.

"Even though it's been years since his death, his mission is still not carried out like he wanted it be, so hopefully the kids and this younger generation will be able to help with that," said Victoria Cooper, President of Vestal Peace Club.

"I really like sharing his dream and his passion for the world. I think that he had a lot of courage to stand up for what he believes in," said Yana Colletti, Sophomore at Vestal.

Kids could also pop prejudices, bursting balloons with negative words written on them.

There was also a station for peace magnet making.