PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island School of Design teamed up with the Mount Hope Learning Center Monday for a Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Volunteers guided children on a series of arts and crafts projects, including silk screening and painting, with the hope of inspiring and developing young artists’ skills, while also teaching them about the slain civil rights leader.
Andy Jacques, Assistant Director for Leadership Programs, said the event is just one part of RISD’s MLK Series, which is a week and a half of different events, speakers, and inspirational activities.
160 RISD volunteers and more than two hundred children took part in the Day of Service, one of several events taking place across Southern New England on Monday.
“This kind of extends his legacy by exposing elementary school kids to college students who they presumably will become and exposing college students to an elementary school population, given their busy and hectic schedules,” Eric Telfort of the Mount Hope Learning Center said.
Families were present at the event, where children were able to learn while having fun. Astrid Gjelsvik said she was excited to take part in drop painting. Her mother, Annie, was excited that there was an event going on where her kids could learn about MLK.
“We definitely wanted to be able to do something on MLK day that was about Martin Luther King Jr., and to learn about him and his life,” she said.