Service-Learning & Volunteering

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2019

MLK Read-In at Rowe Elementary School

Each year, AmeriCorps members help organize or participate in activities to serve the community. This year, the AmeriCorps VISTA member housed in Service-Learning and Volunteering hosted an Read-In at Rowe Elementary School in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday fell on January 15, 1929. The third monday of January was designated as Martin Luther King Day in 1983, on what would have been his 54th birthday. In 1994, congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and is observed as a "day on, not a day off". In this way, we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the work he did and the messages he preached by finding ways to serve our community.

Read-ins come in different flavors and styles, but all have the goal of recognizing the value of literacy, encourage reading as a regular past-time, and make reading comprehension fun.

As part of the regular America Reads program out of the SLV office, in collaboration with the Glickman Family Library at USM, books that celebrate diversity, people, and humanity were procured for an in-house little library. These books saw the first of little hands at this day of service where 5 volunteers read, were read to, played games, and narrated fun mad-libs.

If you'd like to be part of the next MLK day of service, let us know by reaching out to usm.vista@maine.edu, or if you would like to host your own, the SLV office can help!