Young Heroes Opening Day

Young Heroes Opening Day

MLK National Day of Service

1.18.2009

MLK National Day of Service

In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King's life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round.

Fueled by President-elect Obama’s call to service, this is the largest King Day of Service ever with more than 12,100 service projects took place across the country, more than double that of the previous year.

The Clinton School joins with City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This National Day of Service begins with Young Heroes Opening Day, where over 70 middle-school students take a public service pledge to serve Little Rock and North Little Rock communities. In addition to several speakers and activities, Clinton School student Ali Turro speaks directly to the Young Heroes about the importance of service, the power of positive social impact, and the opportunities for service both in Little Rock and the world.

Following the program, Clinton School students, faculty and staff join the City Year corps, to honor King’s legacy through projects including landscaping, park maintenance and painting murals.