By Fatinah Albeez |
On January 15, we celebrated a man by the name of Martin Luther King Jr, or as Van Jones, CNN contributor put it, “…America’s last founding father.” The Troy School District served as a perfect example of MLK’s dream turning into a reality.
The city of Troy, Troy School District, and high school students across the district came together on Monday, January 16 to celebrate this great leader with a day dedicated to service. MLK Day of Service came about in the spirit of spreading Dr. King’s message of diversity, peace, and tolerance through service projects.
The projects consisted of making no-sew blankets for Beaumont Hospital, making care packages and writing letters for Troy family members overseas, and making food packages for Troy families.
The event began at 8 o’clock that morning with a full breakfast served in the Athens cafeteria and high school students greeting attendees as they came in. Then, Dr. Machesky, superintendent of the Troy School District spoke on the importance and significance of the day. Following his speech were wise words from a few Troy students themselves. The service projects began at 9:45 in Athens’ gym with hundreds of people attending the event.
MLK Day of Service captured the essence of Dr. King’s fight for the civil rights and equality for all.