Honoring Dr. King

What are you doing on January 21st? This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, consider participating in the National Day of Service. It’s a great way to honor Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy, and to continue to build a tradition of service and giving back in your own family.

As Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

On the MLKDay.gov site, you can find volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood for the MLK Day of Service. In my area, there’s everything from the chance to serve lunch to seniors to sorting donations at a homeless shelter. You can even create your own project with the tools offered on the Corporation for National & Community Service’s website, from a school supply drive to a planting trees.

If you want to spend a bit more time learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you can read the beautiful picture book Martin’s Big Words with your preschooler. Or, if you’re the parent of a third through fifth grader or a teacher, check out these free service-focused lesson plans inspired by Dr. King.

One easy way for families like mine, with kids a bit too young to serve at a soup kitchen, to participate in the MLK Day of Service: donate a gently used warm coat in the drop box at a local Burlington Coat Factory.

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