ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University students will help area children in "Taking a Step Forward" during King Day for Kids on Monday, Jan. 17 at the DiGiorgio Campus Center.
The "Taking a Step Forward" event to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lasts from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public, it sponsored by the Center of Career and Civic Engagement, Office of Diversity and Student Engagement and Resident Student's Association.
Program Director Laura Foster said she is excited that Winthrop will take part in educating elementary and middle school students about important leaders in history. This year marks a milestone, she said, because it is the 25th year of celebrating MLK Day as a national day of service. Winthrop students will continue in their journey in “Taking Steps Forward” and making a difference in society.
On Jan. 17, there will be a mock museum where children will work in arts and crafts and will receive an "Inspiring Moments in African History" book as a keepsake. Then the children will travel to different scenes depicting MLK’s life and journey, including:
* Scene 1 - Birth, childhood, and youth (1929-1946)
* Scene 2 - College graduation and becoming a preacher (1948-1951)
* Scene 3 - Bus Boycott: 1955
* Scene 4 - Visit to India (Mohandas K Gandhi): 1959
* Scene 5 - Letter from Birmingham Jail: 1963.
The day will culminate with all participants gathering for the “I Have a Dream Speech” and a video presentation and pizza. The event will conclude at 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the DiGiorgio Campus Center.
Please make a reservation for your children by calling Foster at the Office of Volunteer and Community Service at 803/323-2520.