As a team, the Education Fellows spent a lot of time thinking about how the work we do at The Learning Community relates to the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. We struggled to find an idea that really highlighted the important work we do while also representing the beautiful message of peace that Dr. King taught. Finally, we came across the following quote:
“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.”
This quote helped to remind us all that the work we do here serves an important role. Instead of pursuing jobs in corporate America, where we can work “normal” hours and make a generous salary, we have chosen to serve the children in our community through AmeriCorps.
Each of us heard the call of Dr. King to serve our fellow human, and we do so by being here every day. We may have to make some personal sacrifices and adjust our lifestyles, but in the end, we feel fulfilled knowing that we have done our part to improve the life of a child. It truly is a privilege. We get to welcome him to school every morning. We get to teach her how to read and how to communicate with the people around her. We help him build his math skills, and we get to help him build his life skills.
Knowing this, we feel that we’ve achieved the kind of success that Dr. King spoke about, the kind that we chose, the kind that matters.