Posted: Jan 13, 2012 5:37 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Jan 13, 2012 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. some young people in Baton Rouge plan to pitch in instead of sleeping in over the holiday.
Delicia Van Gurp came all the way from New York to work with kids here in Baton Rouge.
She says, "Beyond the changes I made with my students I feel like I'm actually changing the community that I'm serving. And I think Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a perfect way to impact the community in a very broad sense."
On Monday, Van Gurp along with about 40 other young people from City Year will beautify Belaire High School and La Belle Aire Elementary.
The group of men and women ages 18-24 were recruited to mentor and tutor kids in Baton Rouge for a year.
City Year came to Baton rouge in 2005 to assist displaced Katrina victims, and they've been doing service projects throughout the city ever since.
Van Gurp explains, "We're going to be reorganizing their library. Were going to paint murals. We're going to plant trees. We're going to do a lot of things to make the school a better place to learn in."
Representative Ted James is one of the 300 volunteers expected to join them on Monday. He says being involved wit an event like this is part of Dr. King's dream realized.
James says, "He was all about service. And to see these bright young minds take a the time out to help improve the Baton Rouge community is something really amazing; and I m blessed to be a part of it."
The day of service starts at 8:30 am Monday morning.