MLK Day Unites Kids With Their Community

By: Brenna Flores Email
By: Brenna Flores Email

Most students are appreciative that MLK Day provides a three day weekend for them, giving them a break from school and work obligations.

But the students involved in the United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet used their day off to give back to the community with the 8th Annual Youth Day of Caring.

"It's an opportunity for us to grow and to learn about the organizations that are around town" Jodi Barrett said. Jodi is a junior at A&M Consolidated and a member of the United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet.

Students from A&M Consolidated, Bryan, Rudder and St. Joseph's Catholic High Schools came together to complete nine community service projects assisting non-profit agencies around the Bryan/ College Station area. The projects included painting, cleaning and landscaping.

The group that Barrett worked with planted flowers and raked leaves at the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority Brazos Valley.

When asked what the Day of Caring meant to her Barrett said, "It means a lot because I think that it gives the youth in our community a good name, that they know we care about them just as much as they care about us".

The United Way of the Brazos Valley's Youth Leadership Cabinet aids United Way Partner Agencies through varioud fundrasiers and community service. They are also given the opportunity to learn leadership skills and to make lasting friendships.

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