“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence” (Martin Luther King, Jr., Local 1199 Salute to Freedom, March 1968).
With these words on their minds and in their hearts, Playworks Baltimore AmeriCorps members dedicated their service efforts to the Great Kids Farm during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – a national day of service. These coaches put aside their tools of play to brave the wintry cold air. Armed with rakes and loppers, instead of hula hoops and jump ropes, our coaches worked alongside AmeriCorps members from Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and Baltimore City High School students to assist Great Kids Farm prepare its 33 acre farm for deer fencing, which will greatly help preserve the planted crops in the spring. Great Kids Farm provides experiential learning opportunities for Baltimore City School students to understand the relationship between the environment and food preparation. After clearing the land and digging up poles, we reflected on the words and life’s work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What an inspiring day – to stand in a circle of volunteers, creating community with a diverse group of individuals coming together to reach a common goal.