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Boys Town Washington, D.C. Youth Inspired by Dr. King Work, to Better Community

Davon picks up trash at the local park on Martin Luther King Day.

In Washington D.C., ​Martin Luther King Day, is observed by many as a day of service spent bettering the community in memory of the late Dr. King. The youth in Mark and Charrisse Ifill’s Family Home participated by cleaning up trash at a local park the youth often visit.

The youth began that morning reading about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to society. They were genuinely engaged, and after further reflection on Dr. King and his words, they completed a writing assignment. When they were informed that they would be completing a volunteer activity that day they were excited to get started.

“Even though they were picking up trash and cleaning up the park, they had excellent and upbeat attitudes,” said Antione Williams, Assistant Family-Teacher Washington, D.C. The six youth filled numerous bags of trash and worked diligently to give the rest of the community a safe and clean place to gather and play.

“The youth in the Ifill home know that many people work hard to provide for them, and they want to give back to the community that has given them so much. Community service teaches the youth good citizenship,” said Angela McQuinn, Washington D.C. Family Home Consultant.