Volunteers to Read to Students in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 12, 2017

MISSOULA – The MLK Read for Peace service project will place volunteers in elementary-school classrooms on Friday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 16, to read students age-appropriate books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Friday, Jan. 13, volunteers will read to nearly 1,800 elementary-age students in 14 schools and 60 classrooms all over Missoula. The impact of Dr. King’s work and life on American history is not often a required part of elementary curriculum. MLK Read for Peace provides students information and an activity about Dr. King, and the activity will be displayed at the Missoula Public Library for the month of February.

This year the University of Montana men’s basketball team also will participate in MLK Read for Peace when they read to third- and fourth-grade classrooms at Hellgate Elementary on  Monday, Jan. 16.

Montana Campus Compact facilitates MLK Read for Peace across the state and is proud to offer this national service day opportunity to community members, college students, elected officials and National Service participants across Montana. In 2016, 14 communities statewide participated in the event, reaching nearly 3,000 students.

“Montana is a state that values differences and that works collectively to solve its problems,” said Josh Vanek, MTCC associate director. “Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a great reminder of the grassroots work that communities regularly undertake to address their biggest challenges.”

For additional information on the Missoula-area events, call MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Sam Garetson at 406-243-5451 or email garetson@mtcompact.org.

MTCC advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Learn more at http://www.mtcompact.org.

Contact: Sam Garetson, Montana Campus Compact, 406-243-5451, garetson@mtcompact.org.