In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Montana Campus Compact affiliate college and universities as well as VISTA and AmeriCorps projects throughout Montana will coordinating and participating in MLK Read for Peace. MLK Read for Peace is a service project that places volunteers in kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms to read students age-appropriate books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2018, 11 Montana communities participated in Read for Peace and we reached over 4,000 students statewide!

MLK Read for Peace will be held around the state in the weeks of and leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. The impact of Dr. King’s work and life on American history is not often a required part of elementary curriculum. Although students enjoy a long weekend in observation of MLK Day every January, they may not understand the significance of this day. MLK Read for Peace provides students a chance to learn about and engage in Dr. King’s message of peace and equality, and provides both service members and community volunteers a chance to promote his legacy.

Student artwork created at Read for Peace will be displayed in a prominent community location.

Martin Luther King Day 2019 is on Monday, January 21 and many Read for Peace activities will be held Friday, January 18. If you are a teacher and would like a classroom volunteer, or would like to volunteer as a reader please contact Callye Foster 406-243-2379. If you are looking for Read for Peace information for another Montana Community, please navigate to the "Local Coordinators" page on the right.

To participate in Missoula Read for Peace, sign up to volunteer here!

Interested in volunteering in your Montana community? Contact these event leads!
Bozeman: Kaleigh Mency
Butte: Adam Maes
Hamilton : Daniele Vickers
Helena: Paxton McCausland
Missoula: Maryelizabeth Koepele
Pablo: Dayton Smith
Poplar : Amon Barry
Sidney : Chandler Padgett
Troy : Alexis Burton


If interested in planning a MLK Read for Peace event in your area, contact Callye Foster.