Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. committed his life to service and to promoting peace, equality and justice for everyone. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as a national day of service to honor his legacy through volunteerism. Service learning is a teaching method that combines instruction with meaningful community service. It helps to empower students, strengthen communities and create solutions to social problems. This Monday, January 20, celebrate MLK Day by engaging students with service projects in the local community.
10 Service Project Ideas for Students:
- Put on gloves and visit the neighborhood park to pick up litter.
- Gather your favorite classic board games and organize a board game night at your local nursing home.
- Volunteer at the local animal shelter to feed, bathe and pet the animals.
- Conduct a coat drive at your school or afterschool center and donate items to local charity organizations.
- Collect gently used toys, video games and board games, and donate them to patients at a Children’s Hospital.
- Locate a Special Olympics event in your area and volunteer to help or cheer on the athletes.
- Collect aluminum cans from friends, family and neighbors, and donate the money to a local environmental charity.
- Visit a local food bank and volunteer to pack and hand out food.
- Run in a marathon to raise money for a cause.
- Create anti-bullying posters to hang around the school and local community.
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