Edmonds students honor Martin Luther King Jr. with Day of Service

Teen volunteers at the Edmonds Senior Center during MLK day of service. (Photo courtesy Kim Tran for United Way of Snohomish County)

Teen volunteers at the Edmonds Senior Center during MLK day of service. (Photo courtesy Kim Tran for United Way of Snohomish County)

Last Monday, hundreds of teens across Snohomish County honored Martin Luther King Jr.  and his work with a day of service. In Edmonds, students from Edmonds-Woodway High School spent the day at the Edmonds Senior Center, assisting with cleaning and special projects. Nearby, students from Meadowdale helped plant native species and weed at Gold Park in Lynnwood.

Billed as a “Day On” as opposed to a “Day Off,” the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 20 featured 20 service projects throughout Snohomish County, including locations in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish, Stanwood and Sultan. With over 300 youth and 58 adult volunteers, the fifth annual MLK Day of Service in Snohomish County saw a 20-percent participation increase compared to last year.

“This annual day of service is a partnership between United Way, YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services and Senior Corps-RSVP,” said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “We look forward to this event every year, and are so pleased with this year’s results.”

Marking its fifth year, the local day of service brings high school students and community volunteers together to serve the most vulnerable members of our community, transforming Dr. King’s life mission and teachings into community service.

For details on how the event unfolded, check out the feeds from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter here.

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