King day of service in full swing

    Thousands are fanning out across the Philadelphia region today for the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Participation locally is expected to reach a national record of about 70,000 people, scattered across 1100 different service projects.

    Thousands are fanning out across the Philadelphia region today for the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

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    Participation locally is expected to reach a national record of about 70,000 people, scattered across 1100 different service projects. Girard College in North Philadelphia hosted the signature event. Michelle Kaleb is one of the volunteers. She says Dr. King would be proud of the day of service at the institution, which he pushed to integrate 45 years ago.

    Kaleb: I’m here because it’s a day of service we’re celebrating Martin Luther King day and what better way than to show your support for your community and for Philadelphia. Serving your community no matter how large or how small, it’s something great. He would have been proud of.

    Volunteers at Girard did everything from putting teaching children to play chess to sorting pajamas for the Salvation Army. The set-up also include a civil engagement expo and opportunities for people to sign up for ongoing service.

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