Highland Park's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

We work to create a day to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Martin Luther King Day of Service - Highland Park

Schedule: January 18, 2016,
10am-1:30pm at the HP Recreation Center.

The Highland Park Recreation Center is located at
1207 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, Illinois 60035 

The day will consist of the following activities and opportunities

  • Have the Honorable Secretary of State Jesse White speak about his experiences being a student of Dr. King.

  • Have the Jesse White Tumblers perform

  • Listen to a MLK Tribute being performed by Lynn Epps.

  • Have available food for purchase

  • Have Edgewood Middle School Chorus sing songs of Freedom

  • Have the Highland Park High School Jazz Band playing Patriotic songs

  • Jordon Boys & Girls Club will conduct the Bucket Feet Project

  • Assemble toiletries for local shelters (PADS & North Shore Health Clinic, USO).  If you have toiletries to donate, please bring them the day of the event.  Donations from Drs.Silberstein Ortho, Drs. Burns and Bindonated.

  • Moraine Twp. Food Pantry collection, sorting & bagging Amy Zisook

  • Decorate squares for Project Linus (projectlinuschicago.webs.com) quilts going to hospitalized children: Lincoln School Service Club

  • Write letters to soldiers in the hospital and children of the military as part of the Hero Pack project. American Legion

  • Have attendees decorate tablecloths to donate to the USO. We will make some for different holidays coming up like Valentines Day, Memorial Day, etc...Wayne Thomas PTO

  • Make Valentine's for soldiers (Operation Support Our Troops):Braeside PTO

  • Help scoop non-perishable soup ingredients into bags which they will label and include recipes for the Moraine Twp. Food Bank.  (Red Oak School PTO—Julie Creinin)

  • Ravinia's CARE Club will be providing the materials to make bookmarks that will be used at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest

  • Color paper dolls to raise awareness about the devastation that has occurred because of the Genocide in Darfur and throughout Africa—Elm Place School Reach for Change

  • I AM A STAR Somalia campaign activity run by the Amer. Refugee Committee

  • Make dog toys as part of the Chicagoland Lab Rescue:  Solel Congregation

  • Ravinia Festival will recycle instruments for donation for those in need

  • Color flowers and make flower pots for Highland Park, Hospital: Edgewood PTO

  • GIVE:   Decorate flip flops for youth in India: Daniella Cohen

  • Environmental table: Story of Green Shields, Highland Park High School students

  • Write well wishes and words of encouragement for Recorders of Hope (a project collecting recorders to distribute to children with HIV/AIDS in 3rd world countries):  Natalie & Joey Sereda  

  • Ceramic Tile project to create murals for Nursing/Assisted Living Residences.  Sponsored by Amanda Greenstein, Right at Home

  • Working Bikes organization will be collecting and repairing gently used bikes

  • Highland Park Volunteer Pool will run the sign in table and distribute information

  • North Shore Health Clinic will have information on their services and offer Blood Sugar screenings

  • HP Library will decorate book bags and fill with books for the North Shore Health Clinic (need picture books for the bags—can bring the day of the event)

  • Heller Nature Center will make bird garland to feed the birds during winter

  • Highwood Fire Dept. will provide Fire Safety coloring books & do demonstrations

  • Write “Dear Camper” notes for the SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) project to welcome the students to camp.

  • Girl Scouts of Highland Park: Pet Adoption Awareness and make animal chews

  • Make a cover for Rotary Shelter Box which provides shelter and supplies for people who have lost their homes do to disasters Rotary International

  • Central Ave. Synagogue will have a display and artifacts on Black-Jewish Relations.

  • HP Forward will distribute info. And make banks

  • Family Services table

  • Highland Park Legal Aid Clinic will be offering information and answering questions

  • American Cancer Society Awareness table

  • Rotary Shelter Box exhibit

  • Lions Club : hearing tests

  • Human Rights Watch project

THREE ways to take part in the day:  volunteer, participate or host a table.

North Shore School District 112 & the Highland Park Human Relations Commission Present the 5th Annual  Martin Luther King Day of Service 

Date and Location:
January 18, 2016, 10am-1:30pm at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave West Highland Park IL 60035.

The morning is a full spectrum of meaningful, creative and fun service projects that will help various agencies in the area. ALL ages and any participants are encouraged to attend. Come alone or bring friends and family to make this a day to remember for all.  Toiletries are needed to create baggies for residents of our local shelters. These can be brought the day of or dropped off at your local NSSD 112 schools, the Firehouse or Senior Center to the attention of Cheryl Levi. 

This is your chance to turn community concerns into citizen action. For more information contact Cheryl Levi at 847-903-9523 or levi.cheryl@yahoo.com

The Highland Park Recreation Center is located at 1207 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, Illinois 60035