MLK Jr. Day of Service

January 16, 2012

Over 100 Wheelock College students and staff took to Boston on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MLK Day of ServiceWheelock College hosted a day of community service in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Over 100 members of the Wheelock community completed service work at preschools around Boston, participating in a nationwide effort to transform the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday from a "day off" to a "day on."

Wheelock students and staff visited the Crispus Attucks Children Center in Dorchester, the Franklin Square House in Mission Hill, and NICE (Neighborhood Involvement for Children's Education, Inc.) in Roxbury. Service at these preschools included painting, cleaning and gardening. In every classroom, volunteers also created bulletin boards to connect families with 2012 service opportunities; labeled classroom items in the languages spoken by the families at the preschool; and hung pictures representing diversity in the classrooms.

MLK Day of ServiceThis was Wheelock's first MLK Day of Service, developed as part of the sophomore year experience program series known as "SophServe" and Wheelock's Jumpstart program, an early education program that allows college students to work with preschoolers on early literacy skills. Wheelock's MLK Day of Service aimed to strengthen existing partnerships between the College and the communities of Roxbury and Dorchester by bringing volunteers to locations where Wheelock has established relationships through Jumpstart. The College received grant funding from the Massachusetts Service Alliance to help support this day of service.

MLK Day of ServiceAccording to Jonathan Lewis, Wheelock's associate director for student success, "Each of the projects at the preschools will significantly improve the ability of teachers to focus their efforts on children of diverse backgrounds. Our service day is an exciting way for us to continue helping the children and communities we support," he said.

For more information about Wheelock's MLK Service Day contact Jonathan Lewis: jlewis@wheelock.edu, 617-879-2093.

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