MLK Day of Service By Erin McKenna, AmeriCorps Camp Outreach Liaison

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day is an opportunity for people to work together to complete projects that benefit the community. Every year on this day, the AmeriCorps members at Easter Seals Wisconsin choose to complete a different service project. It is a way to remember and honor MLK’s goal in contributing to the good of our community and camp so that we may be a society at peace with itself. On January 21, our AmeriCorps team led volunteers and staff in the construction of three yard games: bean bags, Kerplunk, and Yahtzee! These games will be utilized by both Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp during the summer sessions as exciting, outdoor activities for campers! Not only are the games fun, they also benefit campers by working on sensory and fine motor skills, cognitive reasoning, and emotional regulation.

Thank you to our AmeriCorps members, staff, and community volunteers for making MLK Day a “day on, not a day off” by helping us to complete these service projects.

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