Students help board up abandoned houses near school on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

On Monday, many volunteers answered that question with action. They turned Martin Luther King Jr. Day into a day of service. 

“He made our world a better place for us,” said Evan Franklin.

The 10-year-old volunteered for work with his mother, two siblings, and AmeriCorps volunteers at one event on the city’s eastside. The adults boarded up abandoned houses near Pulaski Elementary-Middle School in Detroit. Kids then painted the boards with inspiring messages.

The hope is the work keeps kids safe and encourages them.

Other groups that took part in the project with them included City Year, Build On, Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Youth Services Corps, and Wayne State University. 

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