For Some Martin Luther King Jr. Day Means A Day Of Service

Jan 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Day may mean a day off for some, but scores of volunteers spent the day in Pawtucket hard at work.

Dozens of volunteers paint a hallway in Goff Jr. High School in Pawtucket in honor of Martin Luther King Jr, Day.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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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