Kids in Burlington honor MLK with “day on, not a day off”


BURLINGTON, Vt. – The ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain partnered with the City of Burlington to host its 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

AmeriCorps volunteers, along with Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office, helped young children understand Dr. King’s work and legacy.

“My favorite part of today is seeing the kids do the activities that I planned for them, I had certain things set in mind that actually connects back to a social justice topic, or Martin Luther King Jr. himself. It kind of feels like I’m planting a seed, and it’s growing,” Ariel Tubbs said.

“It’s a day on, not a day off, so we’re trying to get everyone active on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” AmeriCorps member Keeshawn Nicholson said. “Those who are off from school, this is a place that’s welcoming to them and they can get to learn and meet people they don’t usually see.”

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