By Yesenia Varela
AmeriCorps member, proudly serving on the L.A. Clippers Team at 93rd Street Elementary School in Watts
As I walked through the halls of Fremont High School in South L.A. this past MLK Day, a few words came to mind: community, unity, compassion, energy, hope, and love.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve,” these are words made famous by the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and at City Year we put those words into action.
On Monday, Jan. 15, City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni, Disney VoluntEARS, Los Angeles Unified leaders, students and community members served together at Fremont High School to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.
All day the campus was filled with music, chatter, and laughter as hallways filled with people from diverse backgrounds working side by side to give the school a splash of color and inspiration. Outside, in the school gardens maintained by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, kids and volunteers painted garden beds and cleaned up the garden.
Together we painted 100 college logos, beautified two gardens, and completed 20 murals of powerful leaders with inspirational quotes.
I had the pleasure of capturing the spirit of some of our community leaders and members who took a day “on” for service. Below are a few of their reflections from the day.
To view more photos from the day, click here.