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January 17, 2012

MLK Jr. Day at IU Bloomington: A Day On, Not a Day Off

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Last Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I look forward to this day each year not only because of what it stands for, but also because the School of Education at IU hosts a day of fun activities for underprivileged students from the Bloomington community.

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Indiana University School of Education (Hanging Banner)

I love what the event symbolizes and the connections to peace, diversity and understanding that it fosters in the children. The children rotated throughout the day through different rooms. There was a music room, craft room, science room, math room, MLK room and peace room.

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Indiana University School of Education (Boy Working in the Math Room)

Each room has corresponding activities that the children worked on. I was able to help out in the math and peace rooms. In the peace room, the children made a book that represented what peace meant to them.2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Indiana University School of Education (Girl Working in the Math Room)

It was really crowded and had a lot of volunteers! It was great to see so many students that wanted to participate in the event. There were so many volunteers that there were more adults than children! That is great and really allows them to get one on one time.

I blurred a lot of the faces in the pictures for privacy reasons. There were several children who were on a no photo list so I only showed children who I knew were safe to photograph. 🙂

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Indiana University School of Education (Volunteers)

During lunch, a band came to play music for the kids. They marched around the atrium and they all loved it! Several of the kids got up and danced with the volunteers to the music. They were so cute and happy. 🙂

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Indiana University School of Education (Band)

It was a good reminder for me that life is really about what service we can do for others. Its easy to let school take over my life, but it shouldn’t be that way. I should keep striving to give back to the community and improve the lives of others. This semester I am pledging to volunteer more and gain the satisfaction that comes from selflessly giving of yourself! <3

 

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