Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?" On January 19th, 50 Kid Power students and 150 volunteers rose to this challenge by committing their time and energy to the service of others for MLK Day of Service, a national day of giving back to your community. To kick off this day of service, Kid Power students decorated paper lunch bags and filled them with friendly notes of encouragement. Then students and volunteers filled the bags with homemade sandwiches and healthy snacks to be distributed to community members currently experiencing homelessness. Next, students and volunteers took to the streets to distribute the lunches to those in need.
As the day drew to a close, the students participated in a reflection activity. After watching a video clip of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream Speech”, students wrote on their “hands” how helping others made them feel and what else they can do to give back to their community. Students talked among themselves and came up with some inspirational ways to be of service to others: helping at a shelter, working with the elderly, and just making people happy, to name a few! After all the hands were filled, the students placed them on a tree, which symbolized working together to grow and help the world we live in.
We could not be more proud of Kid Power students or more grateful to the many volunteers who chose to honor Dr. King and his dream by making the holiday “a day on, not a day off,” reflecting the true spirit of MLK Day. We believe that understanding the value and importance of community service and civic engagement is crucial for youth as they grow into adulthood. Kid Power students’ passion, energy, and kindness to others on this day truly embodied what MLK Day is all about!
Thank you again to our volunteers from Miami University, Censeo Consulting, Georgetown Day School, Dickinson Wright, and generous community members for your time and support! It would not have been possible without you!