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MLK Day: A Powerful Day of Service

January 20, 2012

By Jo Reddick, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Broadmoor Middle School

This past Monday the nation celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Every City Year site, including City Year Baton Rouge, took this opportunity to engage the communities they serve in service, turning what would be considered a day off into a day on. The corps spent months planning every detail of the service, from specific service projects, registration and recruitment, donations and fundraising, and the overall look and feel of the day.

Our service event took place at Belaire High School where we built benches, revamped basketball courts, cleared out courtyards, washed windows, painted bathrooms, did some light gardening, painted murals, and reorganized the library.  Three hundred volunteers showed up to help out.  Many community leaders, including Mayor President Melvin “Kip” Holden and Representative Edward “Ted” James, also came out to serve.

The corps worked hard on this event and it showed. All of the service projects were completed and we were even able to do a little extra work around the high school and the adjacent elementary school. Most importantly, the volunteers had fun. Our Executive Director, Laura Hamm, described the event as the “best” in her history at City Year.

Here is the link to the flickr


One Comment leave one →
  1. January 22, 2012 3:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Baton Rouge Housing News and commented:
    A moving MLK Day post here, a must read!

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