Local students use their holiday to give back
BATON ROUGE - For some middle school students, Martin Luther King Day was anything but a day off.
"Dr. King, he was a really great guy, and he just wanted to make the world a better place, and that's what we're doing, living his legacy here," said Episcopal School seventh-grader Aidan Reilly.
He's just one of the hundreds of volunteers, who showed up with 70 City Year corps members, at Capitol Middle School for a day dedicated to fixing up the school.
"When the opportunity comes for you to do service, it's not always going to be recognized, but you should take it," said Reilly.
Participants in the Day of Service program hope their message leaves an impression that lasts as long as the physical improvements they made to Capitol Middle.
"We've got kids inside learning to deal with aggression in a non-violent way," said East Baton Rouge Public School Board member Evelyn Ware-Jackson. "Specifically, if you can get kids out doing something that is about other people, if you can get them to give back instead of just focusing on their own little world, we can go a long way."