In its 5th year, the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) MLK Day of Service took place on Monday, January 18, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
RISD’s Center for Student Involvement partnered with the Mt. Hope Learning Center and Dorcas International Institute of RI to put on an amazing day of service. 15 Rhode Island Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTAs joined over 150 volunteers to serve at the Martin Luther King Elementary School and Dorcas International Institute.
At the Mt. Hope Learning Center & MLK Elementary School volunteers were assigned arts and crafts workshops such as rock necklaces, yarn dolls, face painting, silk screening, Origami, felt creatures and many more. The event likewise featured celebratory performances from the RISD a Capella group and JALWA, RISD’s Bollywood dance group.
At the Dorcas IIRI Site, volunteers engaged local immigrant and refugee youth with activities centered around the importance of literacy, libraries, free books, and youth empowerment through reading/storytelling. Activities included Egyptian Collar Making, Origami, Mexican Dot Painting, Rice Ball Making, Library House Making (themed for different countries), Picture Frame Decorating, Twine Weaving and Finger Painting.
Dr. King’s work brought together people of all different backgrounds and united them through service and community engagement. RISD’S MLK Day of service did just that. Volunteers had a chance to work with enthusiastic children and parents alike, while also in the spirit of Dr. King using service as a mechanism for inspiration and social change.