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January 6, 2014

MLK service day events engage the dream

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County community will soon rejoice in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by completing numerous service projects in line with the “day on, not a day off” mantra.

Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC), Georgia College’s Institutional Equity and Diversity department and The GIVE Center are planning service action all MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 20.

This day mark the 30th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. The milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. 

It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. 

The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform King’s teachings into community action. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. 

The national Day of Service will begin with volunteers beautifying local school grounds from 9 a.m. to noon. Last year, Eagle Ridge Elementary School benefited from the Communities In Schools AmeriCorps Tutor Program partnering with Georgia Power Company and Georgia College Gamma Sigma Sigma students.

Volunteers completed various projects, including picking up trash, trimming shrubs, painting 12 bathrooms, sanding and painting outside railings and checking power throughout the building.

CISMBC Executive Director Sandy Baxter said between Georgia Power and the Chamber of Commerce commitment in 2013 the MLK Day effort also raised some new basketball goals.

Baxter said the work starts the day off right and she expects several other Baldwin County schools to benefit in 2014. People are then free to observe the other events for Martin Luther King Day.

“One of the things (King) was good at was encouraging people to serve,” Baxter said. “A tribute to him is the slogan ‘A day on, not a day off’. We look at service as an excellent way to pay tribute to a hero and provide help for others. Working in the schools provides help to all the citizens of Baldwin County.”

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