by Ashley Dunbar,  AmeriCorps Member on the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington team at Winbourne Elementary School

On Monday, January 19, 2015, City Year Baton Rouge, along with sites all across the nation, joined in on a day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. For most, MLK Day is a day off, but for City Year, it is a “day on.” Corps Members as well as staff, board members, and alumni all dedicate the day to serve and better our communities. 

CYBR Alumni Board Member Kate Sheeder and 2nd Year Corps Member, Shara Guarnaccia spend the day giving back to the Baton Rouge community

Here in Baton Rouge, we partnered with The Mayor's Office, Capital Area United Way, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, the Louisiana Delta Service Corps and others to beautify the Historic BREC Magnolia Cemetery.  Volunteers arrived bright and early to lend a helping hand in the project that lasted well into the day. The cemetery fence, which is bordered by two main streets in Baton Rouge, was chipped and re-painted to look like new. 

Corps members help to #makebetterhappen at the Historic BREC Magnolia Cemetery by cleaning up the fence along the area.

Another project that was a focused on throughout the day was mural painting. Along with the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Corps Members painted murals that will be used in the re-purposing of the historic Laurel Street Firehouse. Each of the projects completed would not have been possible without the help of our hundreds of volunteers. 

AmeriCorps members Devon Miles and Dallas Khamiss joined numerous volunteers and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance to create murals that will be used in the re-purposing of the historic Laurel Street Firehouse

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Both in and outside of the classroom, Corps Members work to develop a passion for social justice in the students we serve. Education is truly the great equalizer that allows the doors of opportunity to be opened for all. By instilling the desire to serve others, we can encourage our students and communities to continue fulfilling Dr. King’s legacy of service. 





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