MTCC AMERICORPS AND VISTA MEMBERS SERVE ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
|VISTA Jill McIntyre reads to students at Irving Elementary|
Our VISTA members in Bozeman (Alex Opie, Lauren Hall, Dalya Kefi, and Jill McIntyre) coordinated and executed an amazing MLK Read for Peace event. They decided to have their program take place during after school programs in Bozeman at the following schools: Morningstar Elementary, Irving Elementary, Whittier Elementary. After reading to each group of children the volunteers discussed the importance of MLK’s message and then helped students create drawings of their “dream for the world.” This MLK Read for Peace Event was able to engage 12 volunteers (including 3 RSVP members) who contributed 12 hours of their time. They were able to read to 90 students and had their drawings hung up at the Bozeman Public Library.
|MTCC AmeriCorps Member Noah Davis Pictured top left|
|MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA Olivia Carney reads to students and Hellgate Elementary|
MTCC AmeriCorps VISTAs (Alanna Reid, Michele Schahczenski, Olivia Carney, Erik Swanson and Jon Van Dyke), and VISTA Leaders (Austin Terreri and Lacy Fiore) organized Missoula’s largest MLK Day Read For Peace Event to date. VISTA Leader Lacy Fiore raised a total of $866 from the Missoula Barnes & Noble, which provided MLK books to libraries, schools and communities across Montana. In the Missoula area 8 elementary schools participated, including; Paxson, Hellgate, Rattlesnake, Lowell, Lewis & Clark, DeSmet, Russell and Bonner. A whopping 901 students were read to by 24 volunteers who contributed 38 hours. The volunteers who participated included: MTCC AmeriCorps VISTAs, MTCC Staff, community volunteers and two Missoula City Council members -Gwen Jones & Michelle Cares. After the reading, students participated in art projects that included drawing pictures to writing poems, all centered around the idea of peace and understanding the message of Dr. King. These wonderful pieces of art are currently displayed at the Missoula Barnes & Noble and Missoula Public Library.