Written by Michael Rouleau
Student Leaders Les Damour and Yollaine Kaja working with Eastern volunteers and North Windham Elementary students on the Hand Print for World Peace activity. In this activity, the students trace and cut out the shape of their hand, and inside of it write something they can do to help promote world peace.
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University students volunteered at elementary schools throughout the Windham area for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 14. The day of service, organized by Eastern's Center for Community Engagement, took place at Windham Center School, North Windham School, Sweeney School and the new STEM Academy.
Forty-five student volunteers split up among the four schools and led more than 100 children through diversity-themed activities. The program began with a brief presentation on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Following was a reading of Dr. Suess' book "The Sneetches," which teaches that we can coexist peacefully despite our external differences. "MLK and Me" work packets were also filled out, which taught more about the life of Martin Luther King by having the children draw on similarities and relate to him. Concluding was an arts and crafts activity that involved brainstorming ways in which the world could live more peacefully.
"The program served its purpose in educating and raising awareness about Martin Luther King Jr. and his civil rights advocacy," said Maxwell Goto, a volunteer coordinator with Eastern's Center for Community Engagement.