Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a Day of Service

December 10, 2012 by  

The United States is getting ready to celebrate the 83rd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who was killed in 1968 while fighting for civil rights. Every January, the state of Maryland honors his birthday with a holiday and most communities hold events to recognize the fact.

As with every year, the city of Gaithersburg and the Gazette Newspapers are participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Literary Arts Contest, which children in schools in Montgomery County are welcome to enter. Each entrant must write an essay of no more than 150 words on the theme of ‘His Dream, iAct, we change’. Each school is allowed to submit up to three entries. The winning students will get to read their essays at a celebration and tribute at Strathmore Music Center and will also receive an award from the Gazette Newspaper at the next City Council meeting. Last year, the contest attracted 248 essays and the two winners were 4th grade students from Washington Grove Elementary School – Stefan N’Guessan and Sonali Noronha.

The city also promotes the holiday as a Day of Service and usually sets up structured community activities for the public to partake in. It is likely that the city of Gaithersburg works with local printing companies to help get the word out about which activities will be taking place this year.

The celebration and tribute will take place at Strathmore Music Center on January 20, 2013 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Admission is free.