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Group Celebrates MLK Day with a "Day On" Instead of "Day Off"

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While many people have Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off work or school, one group celebrated with a "day on" to help others.

City Year Tulsa volunteers gathered at the North Mabee Boys and Girls Club for beautification projects, including painting college logos in the hallways.

"We believe it's a day on, not a day off. So, although there's schools and businesses that take this day off, we do as well, but we want to give back," said City Year Tulsa's Start-Up Director Neils Ribeiro-Yemofio.

The group is a nonprofit organization that brings together a diverse group of 17 to 24-year-olds to do full-time community service in area schools for 10 months. They support students by encouraging good behavior and class work. This is the group's first year in Tulsa, so Monday was their first Martin Luther King Day of Service here.

More than 60 people helped paint. About half of those people are individuals from around the community that wanted to volunteer.

North Mabee's Director Latrice Fowlkes said the bright images will do good things for the nearly 700 young people the facility serves. The college logos will send a message about the possibility of pursuing higher education.

"I think it gives them encouragement. When they come to a place they see is bright and welcoming-- gives them something to look forward to," Fowlkes said.

Boys and Girls Club Volunteer Cheerleading Coach Dana Young said the event helped carry on Dr. King's message.

"I think it is awesome. It is just a beautiful way to show that his dream still lives," Young said.


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