Independent Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city joined hundreds of communities across the country Jan. 18 in commemorating the weekend of the 28th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday by hosting an MLK Jr. Day of Service event to help beautify West Hollywood Elementary School.
The event involved dozens of community members lending a helping hand, including parents, teens and local volunteer groups. The volunteers did landscaping, painting and tidying-up work during a six-hour shift at the school. Participants also enjoyed some sunshine and music.
The day was kicked off with a welcome from
the City Council.
“Today we pay tribute to one of the great leaders of our country,” Mayor Abbe Land said. “It’s a day to reflect on his message of compassion, community and nonviolence. Dr. King is an inspiration to us as we continue the work towards his dream of equality.”
“One of the greatest things about the people of West Hollywood is our willingness to extend a hand in service to others,” Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico said. “Our city is founded on respect for others and we live this core value by finding ways of coming together in service to our community.”
“Just a stone’s throw away from the Sunset Strip sits West Hollywood Elementary School,” City Councilman John J. Duran said. “What a great opportunity to be of service and help beautify a school that serves kids from the greater Los Angeles area.”
“West Hollywood’s MLK Day of Service was a good example of how a group of people can come together and make a positive difference in their community,” Councilman John Heilman said. “We were lucky to be joined by parents of students at West Hollywood Elementary School along with a large group of local students. These young people truly know what it means to make a difference.”
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday as a national Day of Service. Each year, the city participates by organizing an MLK Day of Service activity through its volunteer vorps, which is dedicated to providing individuals and groups with the opportunity to engage in local community and civic engagement opportunities in the city and surrounding communities.
Partners of this year’s MLK Day of Service include Friends of West Hollywood Elementary and the Sunset Strip Business Association, as well as Anawalt Lumber, Athens Services, Dough Pizzeria & Bar and Sherwin-Williams.