A Day to Remember, A Day to Serve

 

For lots of kids Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is nothing more than a day off of school. Some sleep late, play video games, skateboard or go to the movies. But I think that MLK Day is much too important for that.  For the last five years, I have been participating with my family and friends in MLK National Day of Service projects.  This year we served in areas of the Jersey Shore still suffering from Hurricane Sandy. It has been almost 15 months since the storm and lots of homes have not yet begun to be rebuilt. Lots of kids are still living with friends or relatives or in trailers.

It feels good to do what we can to help them. It was also fun to work with other members of the Project RACE team.  Our own Project RACE Teens President, Tommy McManus, won the MLK essay contest and read his awesome essay to a huge crowd of volunteers and community leaders.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” I am glad that Project RACE believes this as well. We have a kids and teens division, because we know that anyone who is old enough to serve, is old enough to make a great difference, whether it be in multiracial advocacy or in helping victims of disaster.

 

Happy MLK Day, everybody!!!

 

– Karson

President, Project RACE Kids