With community service in mind, students at East Middle School will hold fundraisers on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20.
“Each school can do their own thing,” said Larry Driscoll, East Middle School principal. “It’s kind of a national day of community service.”
In lieu of classes, student teams will participate with developmentally disabled individuals as a way to raise money for the Gym Dandy, 305 W. Mercury St. Gym Dandy offers fitness, nutrition and diet education to developmentally disabled people.
Also, teams will host middle school and high school peers with cognitive disabilities in a bowl-a-thon at Star Lanes from 9 to 11 a.m. Other teams will host a walkathon, complete with pledged donations, organize a clothing drive or have sold suckers.
Fundraising activities will culminate on MLK Day, said Driscoll.
“We’re hoping to raise $1,000 to $1,500,” he said. “We’ve been focusing on it for the last few weeks.”
After the morning activities, students will reconvene to watch King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by a civil rights discussion. The fifth graders will then watch the critically acclaimed film, “42,” which tells the Jackie Robinson story.
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