RIPR News
6:57 am
Tue January 18, 2011

RI honors MLK's call to service

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has become a day of service for many Americans. Here in Rhode Island close to 300 people answered the call. They painted murals at schools and community centers, entertained seniors and built bookshelves.

Students at Gilbert Stuart Middle school have a surprise awaiting them in the cafeteria. The entire wall has been turned into a dragon mural that wraps around the room. Jeffrey Silva was one of the painters.

"It's considered a day on, not a day off," Silva says. "We look at it as though if Martin Luther King were alive he wouldn't want us to have the day off but to give back to the community."

Launched in 1993, City Year Rhode Island is one of 20 City Year sites in the United States. Over the years their members have provided over two-and-a-half million hours of service to the Ocean State.

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