“Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of service. I believe that it’s our obligation to honor him and give back to our communities.”
For the past two years, Communities In Schools of Milledgeville, Ga., Site Coordinator Christi Tyson has emboldened her community to make Martin Luther King Day not just a day off, but a “day on.” Through planned service projects, the residents of Milledgeville come together to improve local schools and make them wonderful centers of learning for local children.
This year, the staff of Communities In Schools of Milledgeville, along with amazing volunteers from the Communities In Schools of Georgia state office, AmeriCorps, Georgia Power, Georgia College and State University Gamma Sigma students, assembled four basketball hoops, painted 12 bathrooms, painted outdoor railings and benches, and collected trash at Eagle Ridge Elementary School. Last year, they spread more than 140 tons of sand on the school’s playground.
“The kids are going to be so excited when they come back to school on Tuesday,” Tyson said. “I can see them running outside my office during recess. They’re going to be excited to be able to play basketball.”
Tyson has been planning this year’s Martin Luther King Day event since November. As the project manager, she worked with the principal at Eagle Ridge to figure out what work could be done around the school, made lists and purchased supplies, and kept the community partners well-informed.
“We’re so lucky because even though we’re in a small town, we have great partnerships,” said Communities In Schools of Milledgeville Executive Director Sandy Baxter.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” At Communities In Schools, we’re bringing people together to change the lives of students for the better.
Check out some more great photos from Communities In Schools of Milledgeville’s day of service! Click on a photo to enlarge.