KEESEVILLE Fifth grader Hillary Drake stood in front of her classmates, playing the role of a teacher and spoke about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s impact on society. Drake was participating in a readers theater of What is a Friend by Kathryn Herr. Her class spent the week prior to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day studying Kings life and thinking about his teachings. Fifth grade teacher Anne Slattery set her class King-related tasks for the week, including vocabulary tests, essays and the readers theater. I think his message is important, and Im trying to get the kids to treat people with respect, said Slattery. The class essays considered whether or not Kings dream of equality had come true. Conor Croughan said the dream hadnt been realized. I dont believe its come true, said Croughan, because some people are still fighting, both blacks and whites. Sheila Taylors second grade class spent time studying Kings life, before reflecting on their own dreams. The students created dream mobiles, stating a dream they had for the community, the nation and the world. Second grader Montana Lucia said her dreams were to stop people from littering, help the poor, and to become better people. The second graders learned a song, Freedom, Freedom Let it Ring, and colored a picture of King. He was an important man because he had a dream to change the rules, said second grader Dru Gravelle.