Students to perform community service on MLK Day
The Penn State Berks Multicultural Office will transport students to the Olivet Boys and Girls Club’s Mulberry Street Center to perform community service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17, 2011.
Students will be assisting the center with their planned activities for the day, which will include a speech given by Robert Jefferson, President of the Reading Branch of the NAACP; a visit from the Reading High School dance team; and an afternoon of educational activities.
The Olivet Boys and Girls Club has been serving the youth of Reading and Berks County since 1898, when William McCormick started the first club in the former Olivet Presbyterian Church. The social issues that McCormick saw back then–namely the need to provide safe, supervised activities for youth–are still relevant today.
For most of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club’s history, they had two units in two neighborhoods–Clinton Street and Mulberry Street in Reading. During the 1990’s, the club expanded into several new areas of the city and currently operates 12 units in neighborhood-based facilities.
The club provides diversified activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable children to enhance their self-esteem and fulfill their potential.
For additional information, please contact Karen Kihurani, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs at Penn State Berks, at 610-396-6080 or via e-mail KEK5@psu.edu.