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I am a member of the Multicultural Kid Blogs, and I couldn’t be any happier to join them in celebrating a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by challenging their readers (and ourselves!) to take the time to do service with our children.To celebrate this day a group of wonderful bloggers are sharing ideas about the kinds of volunteer work they have done with their kids. You can check all of the bloggers below! Just make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.
From a very young age we have been instilling in our child the values that we believe in – teaching him to be kind, and to serve others.
Martin Luther King is the perfect day to highlight acts of service, and teach him to “live the dream.” Martin Luther King’s dream: “One day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  I read to him two books about Martin Luther King, Jr. although intended for older children we were able to discuss King’s legacy, and acts of service.

A few service acts that we are focused on are:

  • Plant a tree – we are going to wait until Spring to plant a tree.
  • Make cards for elderly folks at a nursing home –  I’ve been saving a collection of random pictures and drawings that our son has made to make them into cards.
  • Book drive -we’ve asked his friends to donate books that they longer read to a child in need or to a local hospital or shelter.
  • Help clean up a local park – we did this using a grabber.

Share your own ideas in the comments or by linking up below! You can also join the discussion in our Google + Community! For some ideas on doing volunteer work with kids, browse our list of family-friendly service projects or great organizations to support. You can also follow our Teaching Global Citizenship and Black History boards on Pinterest.

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  1. Lovely post! As you show, we shouldn't focus on Dr. King's message just on MLK Day, but it should be an integral part of how we raise our children every day. Thank you for participating in the MLK Day of Service Blog Hop!

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