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Four Partner Organizations, Two-Generations Host Serve-A-Thon To Honor Dr. King's Legacy

Four Partner Organizations (Chicago Cares, Uptake, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation and Cook Elementary School (Chicago Public Schools)) share the impact and lessons from the civil rights movement, by hosting a Serve-A-Thon to Honor Dr. King's legacy. The event held at Cook Elementary School, on January 17, 2017, brought approximately 100 Uptake volunteers to participate in seven service unique projects, all designed to leave a historical mark at Cook or in the community. The projects consisted of painting art memorable pieces, creating sturdy benches that could be placed around the school, a complete reorganization of Cook's school library, a complete paint makeover of three classrooms, making hand made full size quilts (without a sewing machine) to be distributed to local veterans, a discussion and capturing of civil rights stories and a large black and white art piece, that unveiled a picture of Dr. King as it was put together.

A catered lunch around chats on the civil rights movement with local students and resident seniors, including local veterans, who live in Auburn Gresham, sharing thier memories. Take a moment to share the teams collective joy and pride to serve

Sometimes it's hard to capture a photo moment using a mobile phone. The goal is to give it your best shot and to always be your "selfie." Take a look at photos captured on mobile phones for the MLK event. Click on the link below and ake a look at the pictures and video captured during the event, as it unfolds. If you participated in the day of service and want to share your photos, feel free to send to

The entire collaboration was very honored to serve, side-by-side Cool Elementary students, senior citizens, and veterans of the Auburn Gresham community, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, January 17, 2017.

Keywords: Chicago Cares, Chicago Public Schools, Cook Elementary, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, History, Martin Luther King, MLK, Uptake

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