MLK day in Bradenton celebrated with awards

January 21, 2014 by  

As part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service for 2014, the State College of Florida (SCF), Manatee-Sarasota awarded to 21 communities a total of $121,193, which it received from the Florida Legislature.

The funds focused on efforts in Bradenton and Palmetto to honor King with a day of community service. Working together on these efforts were president of the State College of Florida Carol Probstfeld and Superintendent for the Manatee County Schools Rick Mills, who most likely used a variety of printing services to let people in the community know about these special projects to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the projects was the revitalization of the courtyards at Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School. SCF donated close to $7,000 for this project, the goal of which was to motivate students to respect diversity and carry forth the ideas of Dr. King.

Another project to which SCF contributed $8,424 was the partnership of Ortygia LLC with the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Elder Services, and Am Vets to provide meals to special needs, disabled, and elderly residents living in the community of the Village of the Arts.

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc. received $6,528 to distribute books at Saturday’s parade in Palmetto and on MLK day at the Kelly-Brown Center. These books were given to students who covered King’s values of nonviolence, community collaboration, social equality, and volunteerism. In addition, the Education Consultants Consortium was awarded $8,500 to renovate the Kelly-Brown Center in Palmetto so as to create a safer place for youth.