This blog post was originally published on Million Moms Challenge.
Monday marks the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States (sometimes referred to as Human Rights Day). The Reverend Dr. King had a clear vision for a better world, and we’re each a part of his dream. Rather than thinking of Monday as a day off, think of it as a day on! Here are four ways to serve on MLK Day:
1. Education for all. Dr. King was passionate about education. You and your kids could organize a book drive for a local school, or collect donations of school supplies for classrooms in need.
2. Health and Wellness. Focusing on better health habits this year? Collaborate with neighbors and begin plans for a community garden in the spring, and teach/learn about making good food choices, and the delicious recipes that go with them.
3. Connect. Do your kids like stories? Spend the afternoon visiting seniors at a nursing home—the residents will be grateful. Ask questions and listen: your children will hear invaluable memories and likely learn much about history not found in books.
4. Get green. Plant trees with your kids and help them learn more about how to protect the environment, and why it’s so important.
There are so many things we can do to honor the legacy of Dr. King, so remember to share his history, his dream with your children. Help them know the reason we celebrate Dr. King’s life, and encourage them to strengthen this world with their contributions.
Take Action: How are you serving on MLK Day? No act of service or effort is too small, so get creative! We want to hear your ideas on Million Moms Challenge’s Facebook page. Visit mlkday.gov for ideas and links to events in your area.