We made MLK Day a day of service

By · Monday, February 1st, 2016
Dream Camp participants create banners

Dream Camp participants create banners

On January 18, Sojourners continued its tradition of a “day on, not a day off” through activities commemorating Dr. King and his legacy. Our 2016 MLK Day of Service began in Chillicothe, Ohio, where we attended the morning Chillicothe Community Celebration in honor of Dr. King at the Chillicothe Junior High School. The program included speeches, presentations of awards to community members, and vocal selections by the Chillicothe High School Symphonic Choir.

After the community celebration, Sojourners. staff and participants headed to the Carver Community Center where we shared lunch with the children of the Carver Community Center day care program. After lunch we held a Dream Camp for the children. Teams comprised of staff, Youthbuild AmeriCorps members and campers rotated through six activity stations where they colored signs featuring Dr. King, helped create “Break the Hate” and “Lift the Love” banners and played games with civil rights themes.

The culmination of Dream Camp was a grand parade throughout the center. After the parade everyone took part in a balloon release outside. Campers had written their dreams and names on cards which were secured to the balloons that were released.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the Sojourners 2016 MLK Day of Service is that all of the activities were developed by members of our Vinton and Ross County Youthbuild AmeriCorps programs.

Youthbuild AmeriCorps members lead the grand parade

Youthbuild AmeriCorps members lead the grand parade

Our balloon release sent balloons with the children's dreams attached flying over Chillicothe

Our balloon release sent balloons with the children’s dreams attached flying over Chillicothe

 

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