Tuesday, January 20, 2015
MLK Day of Service
We were excited to reunite three of our wonderful volunteer groups for an MLK Day service event, just as we did in 2014. Volunteers from Squash Haven, Connecticut Public Allies, and Dwight Hall at Yale joined us at 216 Crown Street, the location of Hallah Edutainment. Hallah Edutainment promotes various learning initiatives for local youth.
Our volunteers dispersed into five groups to work on a number of tasks to help Hallah Edutainment make their program space as productive as possible. Volunteers helped to spruce up reclaimed wood that will be used as a stage, remove ceiling tiles to make room for acoustic ceiling clouds, organize student discussion spaces, and scrape paint from walls.
A well-deserved lunch break featured food donated by local New Haven restaurants: Westville Pizza, Chap’s Grill, Jeera Thai, Jake’s Diggity Dogs. During lunch, the volunteers took part in a conversation intended to provoke considerations about how things have and have not changed since Dr. Martin Luther King’s generation. We then watched a 40-minute video of the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama, protesting segregation in the city. At the film’s end, the student audience shared their impressions of the film. All agreed they were impressed with the children’s bravery and ability to take part and found the film to be inspiring.
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