Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MLK Day of Service: A Day ON, Not A Day OFF

January 16th is a day when most schools and businesses are closed. Many students and working adults are happy when this day of the year approaches because it is one less day of the week that they have to attend school or go to work. As a result, many spend the day relaxing.

But when people realize the importance of this day, that this, the birth date of activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 16 takes on a new meaning. No longer are people only concerned about relaxing and attending a parade, but a need a to "serve others" is inspired. Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

To answer the above question, on January 16th 2012, twenty-two Dreamers, along with hundreds of other students and community volunteers, joined City Year-Miami on a beautification project at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. Opening in 1955, the high school was the first vocational school of its kind in a generation to serve African-American Miamians. Today, Miami Northwestern continues to serve predominately Black students and is a landmark in the Liberty City area. Knowing its history and the "B" status the school has received, Miami Northwestern was a perfect place to host MLK Day of Service.

Hundreds of people were dispersed around the entire school painting and gardening. The Dreamers were responsible for painting the Reading Hallway on the third floor and did a great job!! A special THANK YOU to City Year-Miami and all the Dreamers who attended!!

Volunteers gather in the Courtyard for the Opening Ceremony

Dreamers hard at work :)

Our future artist

MDCPS Superintendent: Alberto Carvalho:
"Collectively we get to see a better tomorrow..."

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