Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event

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Thursday January 14, 2016

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the third year in a row, South Burlington teenagers will lead the South Burlington Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event. The event is held Monday, January 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at South Burlington High School (SBHS) with an option for continued community service in the afternoon from 12 to 2 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Attendees are invited to bring new blankets of any size (fleece preferred) to donate to the Syrian Blanket Project led by SBHS students.

The morning will include the screening of the documentary, My New Home: The Story of Deo Pokhrel. Pokhrel is a SBHS alumnus and a refugee from Nepal. The documentary, which describes Pokhrel’s transition to America, was filmed and directed by Cyrus Brooks, a current Big Picture South Burlington student.

In addition, SBHS students Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi, and Ali Barritt, leaders of the Syrian Blanket Project, will share information on this initiative and why it is important to them. Simon Walter, artist and Big Picture student, will organize a mural painting, while the SBHS Key Club will lead a second community service option. Refreshments will be available, and options for afternoon service opportunities will be shared over lunch.

The event is a collaborative effort between PACT (Parents and Adults Celebrating Children and Teens), Big Picture South Burlington, SBHS, the SBHS Student Diversity Union, the SBHS Key Club, the SBHS National Honor Society, the South Burlington Recreation Department, and the South Burlington Community Justice Center. For questions, or to find out how to get involved, contact PACT Co-Chair Susie Merrick at merrick@champlain.edu or 238-1054.

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the third year in a row, South Burlington teenagers will lead the South Burlington Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event. The event is held Monday, January 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at South Burlington High School (SBHS) with an option for continued community service in the afternoon from 12 to 2 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Attendees are invited to bring new blankets of any size (fleece preferred) to donate to the Syrian Blanket Project led by SBHS students.

The morning will include the screening of the documentary, My New Home: The Story of Deo Pokhrel. Pokhrel is a SBHS alumnus and a refugee from Nepal. The documentary, which describes Pokhrel’s transition to America, was filmed and directed by Cyrus Brooks, a current Big Picture South Burlington student.

In addition, SBHS students Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi, and Ali Barritt, leaders of the Syrian Blanket Project, will share information on this initiative and why it is important to them. Simon Walter, artist and Big Picture student, will organize a mural painting, while the SBHS Key Club will lead a second community service option. Refreshments will be available, and options for afternoon service opportunities will be shared over lunch.

The event is a collaborative effort between PACT (Parents and Adults Celebrating Children and Teens), Big Picture South Burlington, SBHS, the SBHS Student Diversity Union, the SBHS Key Club, the SBHS National Honor Society, the South Burlington Recreation Department, and the South Burlington Community Justice Center. For questions, or to find out how to get involved, contact PACT Co-Chair Susie Merrick at merrick@champlain.edu or 238-1054.