Community service club gears up for MLK Jr. celebration


Community service club gears up for MLK Jr. celebration 01/18/13

BOZEMAN, Mont. - On Monday, the country will honor a man who dreamed of a better world.  An after-school service group right here in Bozeman is honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by working to make our town a better place.  I went to Chief Joseph Middle School today to get a sneak peak at some of the artwork set to be displayed at the celebration on Saturday.  There, I spoke to students to find out what One Million Ways is all about and why this event is different.

Eighth grader Nate Walker says their mission is simple. "We just find ways to get out in the community and make the world a better place," says Walker.
This is his third school year involved in One Million Ways Club and when I asked him why he kept coming back, Walker didn't hesitate.
"It's just a good feeling that you get.  It's like the warm, inside feeling from helping people," explains Walker.
On a regular basis, the group participates in community service activities from volunteering at the food bank to helping out with Huffing for Stuffing and "Thanks-4-giving".
"It's a good way to spend your free time," says club member Ashley Beck.
But their next event is more than a service project. "It involves the whole community," says Walker.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration incorporates Saturday's National Day of Service while featuring entertainment and artwork from Chief Joseph Middle School students and alumni.
Students say it's a big event they're really looking forward to.
"Seeing everyone come together in the community," says Beck. It's just one more way the group is working to give back to their community.
The event also includes feature live music, a short march and talk, dramatic interpretations and, of course, birthday cake.
It's from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Emerson Cultural Center this Sunday. Organizers ask that you come with a canned food item to donate to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. 

For more information on the event, head to its Facebook page at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bozeman, Montana.

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