“A Day On, Not A Day Off”

This past Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day. It is the only Federal Holiday, where we are asked to serve and not take the day off. Numerous residents of Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas gathered for a commemorative march followed by a church service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Most citizens then set out to fulfill their obligation to serve others for a day. Some visited soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and children’s hospitals. My MLK Service Day was spent at the Lincoln Center, which houses the administration offices for Chapel Hill Carborro City Schools. There I directed students, mentors, and parents through landscaping and clean up duties around the grounds followed by a trip down Merritt Mill Rd. to complete our Adopt-A-Highway trash pick up obligations. As social workers we spend most of our days serving others, but it was nice to see so many come out and join the cause. Even if it was just for a day.

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