Dorsey High School Clean Up to Celebrate MLK Day

  1. Updates

For about 22 years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been deemed a day of service in which individuals take a “day on, not a day off.” In order to keep the ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive, we come together and participate in service projects that solve problems and improve our communities.

On MLK Day 2017, Playworks SoCal, with their AmeriCorps team members, participated in a day of service to transform the Dorsey High School campus in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our Pro Trainer Bertina Denogean led the kick-off along with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, former five-time Laker champion, current Laker television analyst Derek Fisher, Ret. Judge Candace Cooper (Dorsey alumna), board member and actor Roger Guenveur Smith, and L.A. Works Co-founder Bob L. Johnson. L.A. Works, New Balance, Kaiser, Target, Lakers Community, Laker Girls, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Accenture, Jonathan Club and others helped make this project possible.

A Dorsey facilities staff member stated that 1,500 participants “did in a day what they’ve been trying to do in four years.” They helped to restore the campus by giving the buildings a fresh coat of paint, revamping the murals, and building a gazebo for outdoor learning. The gardens were expanded and seedling tables were built. In addition, volunteers assisted with a sustainable e-waste program that properly disposes of electronic technology in an environmentally safe way.

Through these activities, students learned the importance of teamwork and benefited from the quality learning environment. With the upgraded garden, students can discover the responsibilities of caring for that garden along with skills related to science.

For more great photos, check out our Facebook album!

More Updates

kids and adults posing with hula hoops
kids and adults posing with hula hoops

July 18, 2024

At Home Olympics ›

Sports fans across the globe are gearing up for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The Olympics are an exciting opportunity to celebrate outstanding athletes, cheer on teams from around the…

June 20, 2024

Games to Play this Summer ›

Summertime is here!  The first few weeks of summer bring fun and excitement and the return of free time and fun, seasonal activities. But as the summer stretches on, it…

May 29, 2024

2024 International Day of Play ›

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted June 11 as the International Day of Play. This global celebration was established to champion and protect children’s right to play. On this…