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Celebrate MLK Day by serving the environment

Local students seek more volunteers


Last updated 1/15/2020 at 12:27pm

“Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all people to volunteer and improve their communities.

Margaret Schroeder, a student at Kamiak, belongs to a team of high school and college students from the greater Lynnwood area. They are working together to organize a MLK Day of Service event Jan. 20.

Schroeder said this service event focuses on restoration and preservation of the popular Mesika Trail in Lynnwood. It is just one of thousands of volunteer projects hosted throughout the U.S. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“In honoring social progress and service, we hope this event will unify a diverse crowd through working on one project together,” Schroeder said.

She said the group of students and volunteers partnered with the City of Lynnwood to secure additional funding and needed permitting to make the event happen.

Regardless, Schroeder said volunteers for the event are still needed. Volunteers will work with weeds, gravel, vegetation, and plants. Schroeder said she hopes to see a diverse crowd on the day of the event.

There are alternative options for volunteers and guests with limited ability, Schroeder said. There will also be an indoor activity for people unable to lift heavy objects.

Unable to volunteer, but still want to help? Schroeder said donations are accepted and will go towards food, supplies, and materials for the project. They are always looking for shovels, gloves, and additional resources to restore the trail.

People can still sign up to help out online:

Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present in order to volunteer. All volunteers will need to fill out a liability form if they intend to work outside on the trail.


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