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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired millions of people all over the world with his ideas about peace, humanitarianism, and love. In this spirit, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day as a day of service to help others. While it’s tempting to take this day off and lay on the couch eating cereal in your jammies, why not take your children with you to complete a community service project? My daughter’s Girl Scout troop will be passing out coats that they’ve been collecting since the fall. While this is to earn an award, they did choose this day to complete their project to honor Dr. King.

City Year locations across the United States honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work – his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and the impact he had on social justice, equality, and race relations in the United States – through organized service projects across the country on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

City Year, a nation-wide community service organization, has the following Day of Service activities planned:

Opening Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
William J. Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall

Service Projects: 10:30 a.m.
ROCAN (Reaching Our Children and Neighborhoods)
Wetherington Boys & Girls Club
Romine Elementary and Magnus Opus Park

If you’d like to get your kids involved with City Year, contact Hali Hoyt at 501.613.2412 or email her at

In Conway, the Day of Service begins on the UCA campus at noon with speakers in the Reynolds Performance Hall. Immediately following, the commission will hold the “service component” of ‘A Day of Service – A Day On, Not A Day Off’ next door at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center to feed the homeless and other worthwhile service activities such as health screenings, job counseling, and hygiene kits.

“A Day of Service” is open and free to the general public. Reynolds Performance Hall is located on Beatrice Powell Street on the UCA campus.

If you can’t make it out to these events, you might try to plan a service project of your own. You can collect unused clothing and household goods to donate to a women and children’s shelter, you can gather canned goods from your neighbors to donate to the Arkansas Food Bank, or you can let your children decide where their interests in helping others lie. (Don’t forget, our December 2011 issue of Savvy Kids was all about philanthropy and has lots of stories about kids giving back to the community. Maybe your family will find inspiration within the pages!)

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