A day of service: Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Annie Hayes

As we have been taking in all of the wonderful experiences Washington D.C. has to offer this past week, I have learned so much about what the city has to offer to locals and how the city operates as the home to our federal government. Up until today however, I had never really given much thought to the many diverse communities that make up the District of Columbia. In one of these communities today #DrakeinDC spent the day performing different projects to bring some life back to a couple of the public schools found in the Petworth neighborhood, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who the nation celebrated today on his birthday!

Our activities were organized by the City Year group,  and we each chose different projects to work on in reviving local school buildings. Before we started the day, we were greeted by the staff of the City Year group, the Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser, and Secretary of Education John King!

Myself and a few other Drake students painted flags of different countries, which will be used to designate different classrooms within the school. Others worked on building picnic tables and garden beds!


Annie Hayes, Zach Blevins, and our group leader Micah with our finished Costa Rica flag! | Photo: Grace Dunn


Logan Kentner, Alex Freeman, and John Lueth working on a garden bed! | Photo: Grace Dunn 

While listening to the speakers before we started our projects, a quote of Dr. King’s was stated that stuck with me throughout the day:

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.” – MLK Jr.



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