MLK, Jr., Holiday Honored With Service in Park View

Park View Kids Zone's Angela Strange talking about the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Park View Kids Zone, in partnership with Greater D.C. Cares, hosted a day of service at the Rec Center’s field house yesterday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. A good number of volunteers turned out to assist neighborhood children learn about Dr. King, do a neighborhood clean-up, and enjoy fellowship. Starting around 10:00 a.m., the day began with a couple of videos focused on the importance of Dr. King and why service is an important way to honor his legacy. After the videos, the assembly sang We Shall Overcome before breaking up into groups to do a community clean-up.

Some of the bags with trash collection from the neighborhood

The clean up teams were largely focused between Rock Creek Church Road in the north and Otis Place on the south, and between Georgia Avenue and Park Place. The group I was with focused on the area between Warder and Georgia north of Quebec Place.

I was actually surprised by the amount to trash we picked up and know we didn’t get it all. It’s just impossible to pick up every cigarette butt and gum wrapper, but we were able to make a huge dent by getting a good amount of the trash — especially the vodka and Wild Irish Rose bottles.

Clean-up groups started returning to the field house around noon. Awaiting their return was a lunch of macaroni and cheese, chips, pudding, juice, and king cake.  You can see images of the volunteers and children enjoying lunch below.

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