Boys & Girls Club

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Boys and girls 3“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Last month, the Boys and Girls Club of Middlebury celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service and activities in his honor. While schools were closed in remembrance of Dr. King, the club opened to invite members to join in a day of celebration.

“It was important to us that throughout the day and the various activities we planned, that we take time out to recognize the purpose of the day,” said Brittany Bayless, program manager for the Boys and Girls Club of Middlebury.

Promoting Character and Kindness

Bayless and her team planned a full day of activities and educational fun.

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Club member Noah Klotz joined in the pancake breakfast to kick off the day’s festivities.

“The theme of all of our activities was, of course, Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy but the focus from there became promoting kindness and good character, which is what the Boys and Girls Club mission is all about,” Bayless shared.

The special day kicked off with a pancake breakfast that was followed by a club-wide scavenger hunt.

“Through the scavenger hunt, members were completing a crossword puzzle by gathering answers from fact-filled clues about the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.,” explained Bayless. “The clues were posted all throughout the building.”

Service to the Community

Following breakfast and the scavenger hunt, members participated in

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Club teen Tyler Kidder joined other teens in washing fire trucks at the local Middlebury Fire Department.

two community service projects to support the Middlebury Food Pantry and Middlebury Fire Department. According to Bayless, teen members gave back by cleaning the fire department and washing the fire trucks.

“While teens were helping at the fire department, our younger club members assembled birthday bags for the local food pantry,” Bayless said. “The bags will provide cake mix, candles, and frosting for local families in need.”

Looking back on the day, Bayless shared that the best part of the celebration was knowing that the events and activities completely reflected the club’s mission of “inspiring and empowering young people to be productive, caring, responsible citizens.”