(This post was originally written January 23, 2009)
"Everyone has the power for greatness, because greatness is determined by service."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday January 19, 2009 a bus full of students from around Sussex County left Sparta at 7:30am for PS 33, an elementary school in Jersey City. The forty or so youths gave up a day off from school to participate in a day of service and celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. with Pass It Along.
The service project in the morning was spent painting murals at an underserved elementary school as part of a project arranged by Jersey Cares. From the service project the group headed over to Grace Episcopal Church in Newark to celebrate the life and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. At the celebration the youths were also asked to reflect on the service they had participated in that morning. One teen in particular stated that she was excited to do the work because the students at the school would have a brighter place to spend their day.