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About MLK Day 2012

ORCC and nine colleges and universities brought together 1,000 students to explore education as a civil right and to celebrate Roosevelt High School, a North Portland school on the rise. This convening is the largest mobilization of college students on MLK Day in the country.

“Education as a Civil Right”
This year the day of service focused around education. To do this, both the educational opening rally as well as the service projects concentrated on the exploration of education as a civil right and encouraged student volunteers to take action towards creating an equitable and just society. 

Roosevelt High School
In 2010 Roosevelt received $7.7 million in federal school improvement money as a “turnaround” school with an aim to raise graduation rates, improve test scores, and reform curriculum[1]. This year the MLK Day of Service collaborative chose to partner with Roosevelt to celebrate their recent successes and help continue building momentum to build a brighter future for students.

  1. 3,000 hours of service was donated to Roosevelt with an estimated economic value of over $64,000! 
  2. Over 1,000 signs of encouragement were created and hung on Roosevelt lockers
  3. 90% of Roosevelt’s classrooms were deep cleaned
  4. All the literature books in the library were alphabetized and organized
  5. A non-handicap accessible outdoor path was removed and the grounds cleared
  6. And much more cleaning, painting, moving, and organizing both inside and out!