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4 years running, a day of service in Flossmoor

Hundreds of student volunteers from two K-8 districts and from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, along with about 500 adults volunteers, celebrated Martin Luther King Day in Flossmoor, Illinois, by participating in a day of service in their communities, the Daily Southtown reports.

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“The whole idea that Dr King represented was service to others,” the paper quoted Scott McAlister, principal at James Hart Middle School in Homewood, as saying. “It’s nice for the kids to embody that spirit.”

The day of service started four years ago, according to the article, with volunteers at a local homeless shelter, but has since spread to include several causes, about a dozen projects in all.

“It’s so amazing to see everyone get involved,” the Southtown quoted a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, who helped recruit student volunteers, as saying. “I’m surprised to see there’s so many (volunteers).”

Service projects included:

  • Serving hot meals to homeless people at Flossmoor Community Church
  • Making fleece blankets for families from Infant Jesus of Prague Parish
  • Removing invasive plants from the Dan Ryan Woods in Chicago

Entertainment was provided by a small band of 11 musicians from H-F, Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox, and Parker Junior High in Flossmoor. The group played “peace-inspired” songs, including “Powerful” by Alicia Keys and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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