Students honor Martin Luther King Jr. with community service

Dearborn Public School high school students work on care bags for the homeless as part of an MLK Day service project.

Dearborn Public School students gathered again on Monday, Jan. 18, to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service to the community.

Most students participated virtually making cards at home that will be collected for seniors at the St. Sarcus Senior Center or participating online in peer-to-peer conversations with students learning English to help build connections between students. Some students did gather in person at the Islamic Center of America to pack care packages for the homeless.

The event also included opening remarks via Zoom from Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko and keynote speaker State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud.

The MLK Day event was organized by high school students in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, under the leadership of district social worker Violet Souweidane.  This is the sixth year in a row that Dearborn high school students have planned an event to commemorate MLK Day and celebrate his legacy of civil rights and social justice.  The first three years included marches and speakers highlighting Dearborn’s diversity and unity.  In recent years, students have focused more on community service.