AmeriCorps Members Serve for Martin Luther King Day of Service 


On Monday January 16th, 200 AmeriCorps members took to the schools of Providence to serve their community because as Dr. King once said, “Everyone can be great, because anybody can serve.” 

Throughout the halls of Classical High School, Hope High School and Fortes-Lima Elementary School, transformative projects unfolded as volunteers got to work. With the partnership of the Providence Public Schools and Aramark with Serve Rhode Island and the Corporation for National and Community Service, hundreds of students were able to return to school on Tuesday and see the transformation in their schools.

Starting off the day at Classical High School, both Superintendent Christopher Maher and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza were able to open the day of service by thanking the volunteers for their hard work and dedication not only on MLK Day but for the work they do everyday throughout the State of Rhode Island. Providence Public School District Superintendent Christopher Maher stated,

“We at Providence Public Schools are very appreciative of the time and effort that AmeriCorps members are giving to improve our school environments. Their community work is a great way to honor the legacy of Dr. King.”

Classical High Schools hallways received a fresh new coat of paint and a new room for Alumni was cleaned and painted for past students to both come back to for their own help and to help the current students. Over 20 murals were painted for the school to display in the newly painted spaces as well. 

At Hope High School the schools JROTC program alongside AmeriCorps member took what was once an abandoned basement space with broken furniture and graffiti filled walls and turned it into a newly cleaned and painted space for the JROTC program to utilize. Over 1000 sq. ft. of space was cleared and cleaned. WPRI came by Hope to cover some of the service throughout the day, which can be seen by clicking here.

Over at Fortes-Lima, City Year and Farm Fresh Rhode Island AmeriCorps members tackled a floor project by applying an epoxy coating to seal the old cracked tiles on 2 floors of the building. While Superintendent Mayer and Mayor Elorza both walked around the school they could see difference it made to have what were old dirty, broken tiled corridors transformed into a space that the children could truly be proud of learning in.

Each year MLK Day presents and opportunity for the community to give back and instill a sense of purpose. This year with the help of 200 AmeriCorps members Serve Rhode Island was able to provide over 1,000 hours of community service in a single day to Providence. Many other projects ensued around the state and across the country. Check out MLKDay.gov to find out how you can be a part of the movement in 2018.

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