Broward Virtual School (BVS) Ambassadors of Hope Club, parents, and students honored Dr. King’s legacy through service, joining Broward County Parks & Recreation, and hundreds of others across the community in an outdoor beautification project at Samuel Delevoe Park in Ft. Lauderdale, on Saturday, January 17, 2014.
As a National & Community Service Outreach participant, BVS volunteers engaged in planting, mulching, painting and other improvement projects to make the park a more welcoming environment for the community. Volunteers also worked with others to assemble 1,000 kits, to be distributed to the homeless population in Broward County. These kits included socks, ponchos, food and hygiene products. “It felt amazing to participate in a day of service honoring Dr. King's legacy. There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of something larger, especially something that makes a difference in my community," said BVS Senior Ne’Sa Verneret.
“The MLK Day of Service goes beyond recognizing Dr. King’s Legacy, but brings life to the words he spoke, and continuance to the service he gave–inspiring generations and challenging America to live up to its potential,” said Christopher Gates, Ambassadors of Hope Founder. “This was a humble and honoring day for our students and families to make a tangible difference to a national day of service.”
The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
To learn more about the MLK Day of Service, visit (http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015)