5 Ways You and Your Child Can Serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service January 20 2014

Martin Luther King Jr Day, or MLK Day, is right around the corner.  On January 20th, many people around the country will sleep in or spend the day “catching up,” as the New Year already finds them behind.  Kids will be out of school and will likely spend much of their day as they would any other weekend day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, however, is not just another weekend or school holiday.  It’s a day of service and as such, should be spent serving.  Teach your child the real meaning of MLK Day through service.  A few ideas to get you started include:

1. Help to construct a mural in your neighborhood.  

-Kids will undoubtedly love this.  Not only will they get to be artistic, but they will be a part of something that will be around for years to come.  What an awesome way to teach your little one about Martin Luther King’s legacy and fight for lasting freedom!

2. Prepare and serve food for the local homeless or domestic violence shelter

3. Volunteer to read and lead learning activities that embody the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. at a nearby family shelter.

-Many of us first learned about Martin Luther King Jr. from our parents and through books.  Pass those teachings along to the younger generations, so that they may pass it along to generations after them.  Brandi has compiled a great list of books for little learners.

4. Create a play or program to present at your community library, about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

5. Visit with the residents at a local nursing home.

-It is my guess that you and your child will walk out with a whole new perspective on who Martin Luther King Jr. was and how impactful he truly is.  There is nothing greater than a storyteller that lived the story they’re telling.

There are LOTS of ways to serve on MLK Day, and every other day for that matter.  No matter what you decide to do, just make sure that you’re using your “off day” as a day on.

How do you plan to serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?





  1. January 10, 2014 / 4:59 pm

    I signed up for a service program here for MLK Day but I didn’t think to include my children. While I don’t think they’ll be able to attend because they are so young, I do want to get them involved so thanks for your ideas!

    • Vaneese
      January 13, 2014 / 7:27 am

      No problem, Carla! There are sooo many ways for kids to volunteer that it definitely doesn’t have to be super formal. Service can simply mean helping out a neighbor or something. I’m sure it would be appreciated and the kids would feel great about doing a good deed. I also think it’s great that you’re serving next week too! #Awesome

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