Western Washington University's Center for Service-Learning and Village Books sponsored the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Read-In. On Monday, January 20, children from the community had the opportunty to learn about the hope, determination, and leadership of Dr. King through literature, dialogue, and activities facilitated by Western student volunteers.
Dr. Karen Hoelscher, professor of Elementary Education in the Woodring College of Education, conducted a training session for student volunteers, preparing them to engage with children through stories about social justice and diversity. Twenty-four student volunteers read to a total of 81 children, serving 138 community members including parents.
Also included was a coloring activity in which the children responded to questions like, "What is your dream?", "What does peace look like to you?", "What does your family do together?", and "What does your world look like?". The children's artistic interpretations are exhibited in this display portraying the developing worldview of future generations.
Thanks to all tthe children, families, and Western students who contributed to creating this display in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.