Today was City Year’s annual MLK service day; City Year sites across the nation mobilize their communities to treat MLK Day as a “day on” and not a day off to honor MLK’s values and ideals. Our service day took place at Los Angeles Academy Middle School in South LA. The event was sponsored by Disney and drew around 1,000 volunteers from all over LA to beautify the middle school’s campus by painting 28 murals. I was on communications squad duty, so I just floated around and talked to people. Here’s the post I wrote for CYLA’s blog to summarize the service day. Take a look at the video the comm squad edited to hear more from volunteers. The on-camera host, Josh, is one of my 13 roommates!
The Markham Middle School team painted a mural that says, “knowledge is infinite.”
Here’s my team before (as you can see, there’s never a dull moment with my team):
My teammate Becky during:
My teammate Ricky finishing up:
My teammates and I after:
A blog post by our CEO Michael Brown says that we’re fighting for what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls “the civil rights of our generation.” Today, we honored MLK by serving, but we also do everyday by being advocates for our students.
Check out my alma mater’s coverage of the event on USC’s Neon Tommy. I got to play “source” instead of “reporter.” Bucket list item of any former journalism major? Getting quoted in a publication your friends have been editors and reporters for. Success.