Granville, Ohio, is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King in a unique way.
On Monday, January 16, the official day to commemorate Dr. King, the community’s first Feed The Dream project will become a day of service that has gathered many fans, supporters and donations.
Granville’s Commitment To Feed The Dream Project
Granville schools, Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, Granville Public Library, Denison University and its Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, the Village Offices and Girls Scout Troop 524 are just a few of the organizations, groups and businesses making a commitment to the day of service project.
The project is the brainchild of a number of local individuals and organizations, including the Granville Ministerium, Granville Studio of Visual Arts and Ross’ Granville Market, and individuals, including Alan Minton, a Granville resident and former administrator of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission.
Granville’s Schools Leading The Way
From Newark Advocate:
In Granville schools, student groups are finding various ways of helping, Superintendent Jeff Brown said.
“At the intermediate school, the student council has organized a drop off location at the building to be transported on Monday the 16th,” he said, adding that the GMS student council is helping to man the Food Pantry truck at Ross’ Granville Market.
“Our Service Club at the high school will also be donating their time and resources to benefit this project on that day,” Brown said.
“The Granville Exempted Village Schools want to represent the King vision through service to the broader community. The Granville students are excited to contribute to the Food Pantry of Licking County, which provides the basic resources to our community members who are most in need.”
Elsewhere, the Newark YES Club and Granville Studio of Visual Arts Club’s teen students have turned brown shopping bags into works of art celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The painted bags will be used in GSVA’s mini-food drive project and on display in the Readers’ Garden book store window downtown.
“What Are You Doing For Others?”
The official logo for MLK Day 2012 is “Life’s more persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
Recognizing the value of Granville’s contribution, project organizers have received letters from Martin Luther King III, president and CEO of The King Center in Atlanta; former FBI Director Judge William S. Sessions; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich praising the residents of Granville for their efforts to serve others while remembering King.
From The Newark Advocate:
“The community benefits, not only through feeding the hungry, but also by nourishing a commitment to community service, especially on the part of more affluent young people,” King wrote. “We’ve simply got to do more in our society to encourage a spirit of caring and concern for the less fortunate.”
In a November letter addressed to the residents of Granville, Sessions wrote that Feed The Dream “is a perfect example of what we were hoping to accomplish with the passage of the King Holiday and Service Act. All of you who choose to participate are to be commended and thanked.”
MLK Memorial Opened In August, 2011
2011 saw the opening, on the National Mall in Washington D.C., of the memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr., adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It is the first major memorial along the National Mall to be dedicated to an African-American, and to a non-president. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011.
Congratulations to the Feed The Dream Project on continuing the legacy of Martin Luther King.
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