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MLK Day 2011

January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011 – MLK Day 2011

On January 17th, a snowy January morning, groups of Dominican University students bundled up in their winter coats and trekked across Chi-Town.  They were off to join hundreds of people in service and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Armed with big hearts and eager bodies, these students, along with faculty, staff, and members of the community, worked all day to brighten up the lives of Chicagoans.

Among the workers were DU freshmen Alli Braun, Danielle Eernisse, and Becca Duff, who worked at Stagg Elementary School in southern Chicago.  These three girls wore extra-large overalls just for the occasion.  The overalls were perfect for painting, which was exactly what they were assigned to do.  Alli, Danielle, and Becca applied bright red, blue, green and yellow words to the walls of Stagg Elementary school in order to brighten up the school.  Hopefully, the words will stick in the kids’ minds and come in handy when they take examinations.  According to Danielle, the school’s walls were boring and plain before the words were added.  “Just having the bright, primary colors around will help the kids to learn.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /span>

“The best part”, says Alli, “was working alongside Dominican professors and graduate students.  Usually I’d never meet these people or be able to be around them in this way.”  The group was also joined by employees of Frito Lay and members of City Year, a national service organization.  All three of the students agreed that the day flew by because it was fun and well organized.  “It didn’t even feel like we worked for five hours, it was so much fun!” declared Becca.

I give thanks for people who are willing to give up a “day off” and make it, as one might put it, a “day on.”  I am glad the memory and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. is still alive and working in our world.  MLK Day is proof that things are done better when we work together!

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