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For Release: January 16, 2003


"Martin Luther King Breakfast"

Who: A+ for Kids and NJ Watershed Ambassadors
What: AmeriCorps members, staff and community volunteers will provide a hot nutritional breakfast to over 300 people of the Trenton community. Members will also help with distribution of clothing and books that were collected from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and 20 host agency offices. Entertainment will be provided.
When: Monday, January 20, 2003
Where: Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 531 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Trenton
Time: 9:00-11:00am
Contact: Eric Carlson, Ph: 609-656-8500; Fax: 609-656-8570
Lisa Merman, Ph: 609-272-6997; Fax: 609-272-6941

Work at Four Trenton Locations in honor of Dr. King

Who: The Bonner Foundation/Bonner Leaders Program
What: AmeriCorps members and community volunteers will gather together as one group to remember Dr. King and then split into four service teams. The teams will work at four organizations in Trenton; painting, sorting through and organizing clothes donations, and discarding expired food items..
When: Monday, January 20, 2003
Where: Rider University for large gathering. Smaller groups will work at Trenton After School Program, Mt. Carmel Guild, HomeFront and Bethany Food Pantry.
Contact: Julie Charubusapayon; Ph: 609-924-6663; Fax: 609-683-4626;
Email: jcharubusapayon@bonner.org; Erin McGrath; Ph: 609-896-5247

"Remembering MLK"

Who: Digital Divide – Union County College
What: Members will present a short play about Martin Luther King Jr, to children at the Boys and Girls Club. They will also distribute a time line of his life and contributions. In addition, the members will be soliciting donations of books from local merchants to be donated to the children in the club.
When: January 17, 2003
Where: Boys and Girls Club, 513-515 Richmond Street, Elizabeth
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Contact: Jackie Elkin, 908-659-5166 ; elkin@ucc.edu

"Women’s Health Information"

Who: International Institute of New Jersey
What: In collaboration with the Episcopal Center for Women’s Services, AmeriCorps members will disseminate information about health issues including asthma, diabetes, high blood  pressure STD’s and nutrition. Free blood pressure screening sugar level checks will be offered.
When: January 21, 2003
Where: Journal Square Path Station
Time: 12-4:00 pm
Contact: Natasha Canty, Ph: 201-653-3888, ext.53; Fax: 201-963-0252
E-mail: nmcanty@aol.com

"Food Distribution"

Who: Juvenile Justice Commission
What: Packing and distribution of food to needy families in the Southern New Jersey area;, Monmouth ad Ocean Counties
When: Friday, January 17, 2003
Where: Time and Contact: Food Bank of South Jersey, 1501 John Tipton Blvd., Pennsauken
9:00 am-4:00 pm; Chris Valenti, Ph; 856-662-4884

Monmouth Ocean Food Bank, Neptune, 9:00-1:00 pm; Audrey Romeo, Ph: 732-918-2600

"March and Rally honoring Dr. King"

Who: Juvenile Justice Commission
What: Members from community groups, religious groups, local business people and individuals will march in support of efforts to alleviate some of the gang violence and negative behavior of youth in Elizabeth
When: Sunday January 19, 2003
Where: Walker Center, Elizabeth
Time: 3:00– 6:00 pm
Contact: Salaam Ismial, Ph: 973-297-8865/ 908-355-5646

"Martin Luther King Day Kick-Off to African American History Month"

Who: New Jersey Community Development Corporations (NJCDC) Community Leaders Program, Paterson Technology Corps., AmeriCorps VISTA, At-Risk Youth Mentoring Program, Great Falls Youth Build, Paterson YMCA, Pilgrimage Outreach Ministries Zone Program, and Garret Morgan Academy of Transportation and Technology.
What: NJCDC and their community partners, will put together a day of events which will carry into African American History Month. Martin Luther King Day will be the kick-off of a month-long series of events, which focus on Dr. King, his work and vision, and the importance of understanding diversity.
When and Where: Friday, January 17, 2003, Paterson YMCA Pre-School; AmeriCorps members and students from the Garret Morgan Academy will host a dance performance, an art lesson focused on diversity, and the telling of Dr. King’s story to 90 preschoolers. Call for times.

Monday, January 20, 2003, Paterson YMCA, Riverside Terrace Housing Development. AmeriCorps members and volunteers from the group’s Mentoring and YouthBuild Programs will host a day of activities for 120 Paterson children. Activities will include a culture room; a recreational segment, a dance performance; and an art project which will become a wall mosaic displaying thoughts of peace and equality.

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Wednesday, February 5, 2003 and Friday February 28, Pilgrimage Outreach Ministries Zone Program , 449 Union Avenue

Americorps members and community partners will host a day of personal development training to 60 at-risk Paterson teens. Activities will include guest speakers who will highlight career opportunities, civil rights and human rights, and training in diversity, problem solving and conflict resolution.

Time: 10:00 am- 1:45 pm; 2:00-5:45 pm

There will also be poster, poetry and essay contest for both elementary and high school students throughout the city.

The MLK celebration will culminate with a celebration at the end of February at the Garret Morgan Academy. There will be an art exhibit of all entries for the contests run during the month. Contest winners will be announced and receive prizes. Details still to be confirmed. Call for additional information.

Contact: Janel Bodner, Ph: 973-225-0555; Fax: 973-225-0556; E-mail: jbodner@njcdc.org

"Children Recreate Dr King’s Life"

Who: Urban League of Hudson County
What: AmeriCorps members, parents and community volunteers will recruit school age children to participate in a variety of activities celebrating the life of Dr. King. They will participate in activities such as reciting poems, reading the MLK timeline, performing skits and dancing
When: February 22, 2003
Where: Location to be determined. (Call for information)
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Contact: Wentford Gaines, Ph: 201-521-0279; Fax: 201-521-1704;
E-mail:gai247wen@aol.com

Learn and Serve America: School-Based Programs

"Tolerance and Diversity: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"

Who: Cranford High School Social Studies Department
What: Grade 10 American History I students will create a three part project. Part I will be a history project related to tolerance and diversity. Part II will be a reflection on a selected reading dealing with tolerance and diversity in contemporary America, emphasizing the work of average people and their endeavors. Part III will be a service learning activity focusing on tolerance and diversity.
When: Kickoff is January 20. The event will take place during February and March. Students descriptions of all three completed parts, as well as reflections on their significance to the U.S., the community and the student, are to be submitted as a portfolio March 24.
Where: Cranford High School, Cranford School District
Contact: Bernard Flasberg, Ph: 908-709-6306; Fax: 908-276-6552;
Email: flashber@cranfordschool.org --- Walter Stern, Ph: 908-709-6207

"Sensitivity Training"

Who: Delsea Regional High School High School ROTC, Franklinville
What: An assembly on character education and sensitivity training for cultural diversity will be presented by Organizational Growth, Inc. for the students and community.
Where: Delsea Regional High School Auditorium
When: Tuesday January 21; Thursday January 23
Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; 12:30-2:00 pm
Contact: Madeline Propert/Major ArthurDietz ; Ph: 856-694-0100;
Fax: 856-694-5637;
Email: MPropertelsea@k12.nj.us

"Quotations and Bookmarks to Honor Dr. King"

Who: Delsea Regional Middle School, Franklinville
What: Grade 8 students have researched quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The students will select a quote and create a bookmark using the quote as a spring board for artwork. Bookmarks will be distributed to Elementary schools in Franklin and Elk Townships.
When: Month of January
Where: Middle School Cafeteria
Contact: Ms. Terry Vanaman-Cole; Ph: 856-694-0100; Fax: 856-694-4417
Email: TVanaman@delsea.k12.nj.us

"Honoring Community Law Enforcement Officers

Who: Delsea Regional Middle School, 7th Grade, Franklinville
What: Grade 7 students will honoring the civil servants of the community at an assembly where they will read letters of appreciation and present plaques to honored guests. .
When: Friday, January 17, 2003
Where: Middle School Cafeteria
Time: 8:30 a.m
Contact: Trish Hagan and Frank Myers; Ph: 856-694-0100; Fax: 856-694-4417
Email: THagan@delsea.k12.nj.us

"Creating an Environment Illustrating Martin Luther King’s Life"

Who: Haddon Heights High School Students
What: Students in CARE "Creating a Respectable Environment" are spearheading efforts to show ideas for activities that honor and promote Dr. King’s legaqcy and ideals. This includes putting up posters, a display, and a bulletin board asking students to list and describe what they will do to honor his work. Students have been asked to select at least one job or deed that they will do to assist in the community. Students also will be writing reflective essays about Dr. King and how they can carry out his work. In addition, several students will be assisting with a local community interfaith service.
When: Monday ,January 13 - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 InterFaith Service – Sunday, January 19, 2003. Call for specific information regarding dates, times and locations.
Where: Haddon Heights High School, Haddon Heights School District
Contact: Denise Hoeschele; Ph: 856-547-1920; Email: hueschcied@hhsd.k12.nj.us

"March on Washington Street and Civil Rights Movement"

Who: Hoboken Charter School
What: The March on Washington Street – Students, families and community members will meet at a central location and march to Hoboken City Hall for a ceremony and proclamation celebrating the ideals and values of Dr. Martin Luther King. This year’s theme will be the rights of children. Following the march, there will be a display of service opportunities for families. Participants will march from Church Square Park to Hoboken City Hall to spread King’s call to service. "The Sights and Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement" – Activities, performances and student-created exhibits that highlight the ongoing struggle for civil rights around the globe. In addition to schools, other organizations will share their work connected with the Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Types of educational displays include: music, dance, and visual arts..
When & Where: The March on Washington Street: Saturday, January 18, 10:30 am--8:00 pm
Hoboken City Hall, Hoboken Shelter for the Homeless, local food bank and supermarkets.

The Sights and Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: Monday, January 20 , 4:00–7:00 pm
All Saints Parish Hall, 707 Washington Street, Hoboken

Contact: Jill Singleton, Ph: 201-963-3280; Fax: 201-963-0695;

"Drill Meet to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King"

Who: Linden High School Naval ROTC Program
What: Some 300 ROTC cadets will serve as host and participants in a competitive drill meet to honor Dr. King. Sixteen schools from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey will interact and demonstrate teamwork. dance, and visual arts..
When: Monday, January 20, 2003
Where: Linden High School Academy of Science and Technology, St Georges Ave. Linden School District
Time: 8:00 am – 5 pm
Contact: Lt. Commander Hac; Ph: 908-486-2212; Fax: 908-486-3270

NJ SERVICE LEARNING LEADER SCHOOLS

"18 Projects to Take Place in School District"

Who: Staff and students at Bernards High School
What: All students will participate in a choice of 18 + service projects including attendance at the Community Food Bank, Hillside for sorting and assistance; and working at St. John’s Soup Kitchen. A partial list includes an environmental project, a history mural, an art mural; and a Kid’s rap/special tutoring session.
When: Friday, January 17, 2003
Where: Bernardsville
Time: 7:45 am-2:45 pm
Contact: Rick Musser, Ph: 908-204-1930, ext. 195;
Fax: 908-766-8223;
Email:rmusser@shsd.org

"Biography and Writings of Dr. King / Original Speeches on His Values

Who: Sixth grade literary students at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Jackson
What: During the weeks prior to Friday, January 17, students will read and present chapters of Martin Luther King’s life, listen to his "I have a Dream" Speech , and read and write poetry on his ideas.
When: Culminating activity will be Friday, January 1 7, 2003 when students will give speeches relating to the ideas expressed in King’s "I Have a Dream Speech.
Where: Christa McAuliffe Middle School
Time: Room 226, 10:15 a.m.; Room 225, 1:30 pm
Contact: Nancy Dell’Osso; Ph: 732-833-4701;
Email: NLDell’Osso@jacksonsd.k12.nj.us