By Emma Wohl, City Year Providence AmeriCorps Member
A dance battle between middle school students and volunteers from URI student organizations BOND (Brothers On a New Direction) and PINK Women (Powerful, Independent, Notoriously Knowledgeable Women); ten bowls of salad and fifty pounds of chicken donated by Whole Foods Market; and a human bingo game where students race to find the City Year who speaks German—these are just a few of the highlights from the January 14th Community Potluck Dinner held at Gilbert Stuart Middle School, modeled after Dr. Matin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of a Beloved Community. This was the fourth year City Year at Gilbert Stuart hosted the event, which welcomed over 300 students, parents, teachers, community volunteers and City Year alumni.
The next day during the last period of school, the National Grid team at Gilbert Stuart hosted the 4th annual MLK Talent Showcase. More than 250 students, all of whom were nominated by their teachers for showing positive or improved behavior, attended the showcase. Rappers, dancers and singers performed to an excited audience and received thunderous applause.