In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Montana Campus Compact affiliate college and universities and AmeriCorps VISTA projects throughout Montana will be recruiting and placing volunteers in elementary school classrooms to help spread the word about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The impact of Dr. King’s work and life on American history is often not a required part of elementary curriculum. Although students enjoy a long weekend in observation of MLK Jr., Day every January, they may not understand the significance of this day.

MLK Read For Peace provides students with information about Dr. King and simple activities they can complete over the weekend, which are then displayed in a prominent community location.

2015 MLK Read for Peace



Number of communities that participated in the event: 14

Number of college students that participated in the event: 10

Number of schools that participated in the event: 50

Number of AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers: 19

Number of Senior Corps volunteers: 42

Number of AmeriCorps State and National program volunteers: 9

Total number of hours contributed by volunteers: 159

Total number of volunteers: 123

Number of students read to by volunteers: 2975

Press Highlights:

Bozeman http://bit.ly/183E6UV
Butte http://bit.ly/1CcLzfR
Helena http://bit.ly/15zqjog
http://bit.ly/1E4NOAW
Missoula http://bit.ly/1BG8QHZ
http://bit.ly/1CQ9Iqv
http://bit.ly/152acz4

2014 MLK Read for Peace


Number of communities that participated in the event: 12 (2 remaining sites to report)

Number of college students that participated in the event: 32

Number of schools that participated in the event: 42

Number of AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers: 33

Number of Senior Corps volunteers: 76

Number of AmeriCorps State and National program volunteers: 8

Total number of hours contributed by volunteers: 300

Total number of volunteers: 184

Number of students read to by volunteers: 4519

Press Highlights:

Missoulian

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