Martin Luther King Jr. Day may mean a day off for some, but scores of volunteers spent the day in Pawtucket hard at work.
Volunteers busily taped windows, primed, and painted walls at Goff Junior High School as part of a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
They were working as a part of a national program that organizes service projects across the country; encouraging people to volunteer on their day off. Volunteer Megan Kelly, took a break from painting a beige hallway bright yellow.
“So it’s Martin Luther King Day, and usually a lot of people have it off, but instead of having a day off, we have a day on. So we have a day of service instead," said Kelly.
School officials said they were humbled by the outpouring of community support, and that the freshly painted halls would be a complete surprise to the students.
With half a day to go, the volunteers were certain they would finish in time for class the next day.
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