THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD AND THE BLOOMFIELD MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE COMMITTEE

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bloomfield to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day of Service with Beautification Projects at Demarest Elementary and Bloomfield Middle Schools this Saturday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Township of Bloomfield began its annual six-week long, community-focused Season of Giving on December 4th with the Christmas Tree lighting outside Town Hall, and will continue the Season of Giving with the Martin Luther King Day of Service this Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at Demarest Elementary School. On that day, volunteers will participate in a service project to beautify Demarest Elementary School and Bloomfield Middle School between 8:30am and 1:00pm.

“The volunteer opportunities taking place at Demarest and Bloomfield Middle School are a great way for residents to engage with the community. Most importantly, it tells our students that we rooting for their success,” said Councilwoman Dr. Wartyna Davis, who started Bloomfield’s Day of Service initiative in 2014. “Our volunteers will be painting images and inspirational quotes in key places throughout Demarest elementary. In the middle school, we will be painting affirming statements in locker rooms. This idea came from the committee and is meant to address issues of esteem at such a vulnerable age. We believe the painting we will do Saturday and that we have done in the past are tangible reminders that Dr. King’s legacy lives on in our community. I strongly encourage any interested persons to participate in Saturday’s festivities.”

The MLK Day of Service Committee is a (501c3) non-profit that has helped collect food and clothing for drives that took place last month, and will continue to collect supplies for Bloomfield-area shelters and community aid organizations. For ways to make a difference in the Bloomfield community during the six-week Season of Giving and MLK Day of Service, please visit http://dayofservice.nationbuilder.com, the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/319736438504255/, or e-mail Councilwoman Dr. Davis at BloomfeldMLKday@gmail.com. All donations to the MLK Day of Service Committee are tax deductible and can be made in honor of a family member or friend.

“The Martin Luther King Day of Service event will kick off at Demarest at 8:30am. Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Director Michael Sceurman has arranged for Township buses to provide transportation for volunteers to Bloomfield Middle School, where art supplies will be set up. Buses will bring volunteers back to Demarest at 12:30pm to share a communal lunch, and participate in group discussions about the importance of the Day of Service, and Martin Luther King Day,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I am grateful to Councilwoman Davis for spearheading this great initiative that has become a staple of Bloomfield community service. The Township Council and I have and will continue to support this very important work, and I am excited for what promises to be a great day.”

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