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In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., SCO students, faculty, staff, and their families honored his legacy by volunteering their MLK holiday time at a local charter school. SCO’s Student Government Association teamed up with Volunteer Mid-South, a non-profit organization that helps coordinate volunteer projects, to honor the MLK holiday.
Volunteers spent the day at KIPP Academy, a Memphis City Charter School in downtown Memphis. The volunteers painted classrooms and hallways, cleaned the school, renovated the library, and made new curtains for the school.
SCO volunteers, Dr. Cynthia Heard and Mary Armanious ’12, pictured, help paint.
In addition, volunteers also made blankets and assembled family kits for charities that help refugees that have recently relocated to the mid-south. The family kits included essentials such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and razors.
Dianna Mickhail, SGA Vice President said, “The event was a huge success. I was pleased to see so many members from SCO volunteer. Initially, I told the event coordinator we would probably have about 20 volunteers. When I spoke to her about a week before and told her we actually had about 50 people interested in lending a hand, she was taken aback at the response.”
King, who was born on January 15, 1929, would have celebrated his 82nd birthday this year.