MAKE A DIFFERENCE
JOIN MONTANA CAMPUS COMPACT THIS MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY AS WE PARTNER WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS
ABOUT THE EVENT
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 addition to our public readings this year we’ll also be featuring two other activities as shown below to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy.
I have a dream drawings
A free-form art activity where students will draw their dream for a better world. The activity will begin with a short introduction to MLK’s I Have a Dream speech, informing students that MLK dreamed of a better world where all people got along and were treated as equals.
A structured writing activity where students will write a poem about what peace is to them. They will be given a poem worksheet to use where they insert their own words to finish phrases such as “Peace is like a _________”, but may choose to write a free-form poem if they wish.
Why take the time?
The impact of Dr. King’s work and life on American history is often not a required part of elementary curriculum. Although some schools enjoy a long weekend in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every January, they may not understand the significance of this day.
What We Do
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. In 2019, 12 Montana communities participated in Read for Peace and we reached over 4,200 students statewide!
Coordinating an MLK Read for Peace event in your community.
It is best to begin coordinating an MLK Read for Peace project as early as possible. Use the following timeline as a guide for beginning different stages of the planning process.
Press Release Tips
Let the media know about your event! You can send a press release a couple weeks before you plan to host your MLK Read for Peace. Here are some things to keep in mind and include in your release:
Keep it short and concise. Press releases should fit on one page and have short paragraphs.
Don’t send it too soon. Your event is most likely to pop up on the media radar if you send your release about two weeks before the event. You can send a follow-up copy of the release the week of the event as well.
Pack the release with details. Include information about which schools are participating, how many classrooms, the total count of students and the total number of volunteers involved. Find a good quote. See if someone in your organization can work up a quick, compelling quote about the importance and impact of this event.
Remember to include Montana Campus Compact, Serve Montana, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, SeniorCorps in the press release.
Really spread the word. Aside from traditional newspaper and TV station media, send your release to local radio stations, public broadcasting networks, independent and Internet media, and even university media.
Connect & Share on Social Media with the hashtag #MLKDay
Register Your Event
Click here to register your event.
1. Scroll down to below FREE LESSON PLANS
2. Click Register Your MLK Day Event (middle blue diamond)
3. Click to continue to new site
4. This takes you to All for Good: A Service of Points of Light site:
a. Create an Account (unless your previous Leader left account information)
b. Click One Time Event
c. Impact Areas: Awareness, Kindness, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
d. Project Title: MLK Day Read for Peace (or other title noting MLK Day)
e. Complete registration using your events information—using your zip code will help volunteers find your opportunities.
State Wide Read For Peace Activities
Read for Peace is a required activity for all MTCC AmeriCorps and VISTA members. However, you are encouraged to participate in other service projects related to MLK Day. If you are curious about events that will be occurring in your area, we suggest that you check the listings here or contact your local MTCC AmeriCorps members coordinating MLK Read for Peace events in communities across the state by clicking the link below.