Obamas Mark Martin Luther King's Birthday With Volunteer Outing

10:50 AM, Jan 16, 2012   |    comments
President Obama speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family are marking Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a volunteer service project at a local school.

The Obamas joined other volunteers Monday morning at the Browne Education Campus in the District of Columbia.

After greeting volunteers, the president and his family helped build bookshelves in the school's library.

This is the third year in a row the Obamas have participated in a service project on King's holiday. In brief remarks Monday, the president said there is no better way to celebrate King's life than to spend the day helping others.

JULIE PACE
Associated Press

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PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT OBAMA & FIRST FAMILY JOINS THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS FOR ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE HOSTED BY HANDSON GREATER DC CARES

"The Obama's Paint King Quotes on Library Wall at Browne Education Campus in Northeast DC"

(Washington, DC) -- Today President Obama and the First Family joined community volunteers in a beautification service project at Browne Education Campus to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on the Annual MLK Holiday of Service hosted by HandsOn Greater DC Cares. The Obama's participated in painting quotes from Dr. King on the walls in the school's library.

Prior to the Browne Education Campus service project, which was jointly sponsored by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, an inspirational kickoff ceremony was held in the school's cafeteria.

Following the kickoff activity, the President, the First Family and other volunteers moved to their service work areas that included mural paintings in the library, school hallways and 18 bathrooms as well as touch-up painting in the Pre-K wing of the school. In addition to the library, quotes from Dr. King and others luminaries were painted throughout the school hallways.

"We are extremely honored once again to host President Obama and the First Family for our Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service," said Greg Robert, President and CEO of Greater DC Cares. "Their presence at Browne Education Campus speaks volumes about the President's commitment to quality education for our children. When students are in positive learning environments, they learn and produce more in the classroom, which in turn improves academic performance and achievement later in life."

The project at Browne Education Campus was one of 35 project sites where our corporate community partner TARGET along with more than 2,000 corporate and community volunteers dedicated their personal time to make a difference in nonprofit agencies, recreation centers and schools. The volunteers were engaged in painting murals, beautifying afterschool programs, organizing libraries, painting school classrooms, serving meals, assembling winter warming kits (hats, scarves, and gloves) for area homeless children, and much more.

With the help of our community partner TARGET and other corporate and community partners, the 2012 MLK Holiday of Service focused on engaging youth in community service and empowering them to take an active role as advocates within the democratic process -- all while making a difference in their community. Youth volunteers worked alongside other community members at a variety of sites supporting a range of issues. To help inspire them to serve, the youth were encouraged to identify and discuss social issues important to them.

For the past several years, HandsOn Greater DC Cares has sponsored the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday of Service in honor of the life and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King. Today, HandsOn Greater DC Cares continued its proud tradition of honoring and remembering Dr. King's legacy of service and social justice by uniting the community in service.

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