MLK was a day off of work for the majority of my friends and family. Most spent the day sleeping in and catching up on work (or just catching up on Netflix).
However, like the rest of the AmeriCorps community in Rhode Island, my day off of my host site was a day on of service in honor of Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy. At 10am in the cafeteria of Goff Junior High School in Pawtucket, a crowd of AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and community members were greeted by familiar faces of Serve Rhode Island. Before we began a day that was packed with hours of priming and painting, one of Goff’s history teachers provided a brief introduction of the school, and some history of the holiday. I learned that the students had no idea that this event was taking place, and would return to the school the next day to the surprise. I was reminded MLK’s legacy of nonviolence and community action. And as the group was thanked by various school teachers and administrators for taking the time to give back to a deserving school, I remembered why we all have chosen to be a part of AmeriCorps and serve our communities every day.