COE Students Offer MLK Day Activities to Children
Our 5th annual MLK Day of Service was a success! UMSL’s Mu Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education, offered parents and families an activity-filled morning focused on Dr. King’s impact in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Seventy-two children attended the event and learned about leaders of social justice through stories, puzzles, word games, and other literacy activities. Additionally, there were lots of arts and crafts created, including bookmarks and peace crowns.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in the transformative power of education. School children of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds came together on MLK Day to honor his legacy with activities provided by COE students. Harmonious camaraderie, laughter-filled play, and inquisitiveness filled the lobby of the Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL during the MLK Children’s Program.
For five years now, the UMSL Mu Iota chapter of KDP, has offered parents and families an activity filled morning focused on Dr. King’s impact in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Children also learned about other prominent activists and leaders of social justice through stories, mini biographies, puzzles, word games, and additional literacy focused activities. Some of their favorite arts and crafts included making peace crowns, bookmarks with famous quotations, and decorating bags with multi-racial hand cutouts. A few children were inspired to write their own “I have a dream,” based on the theme of one of King’s famous speeches. The children’s dreams included one who hopes to help the Chinese community nearby and another whose dream is to practice more kindness towards everyone.
KDP has presented this children’s program alongside UMSL’s MLK program for several years and has been recognized with multiple awards from UMSL and KDP National including Community Service Chapter Program (KDP, 2016), Literacy Alive Bronze and Silver (KDP, 2015, 2014), Best Cultural Awareness Award (UMSL Office of Student Life, 2015), Best Sustained Program on Campus (UMSL Office of Student Life, 2015).
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