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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • AmeriCorps/VISTA to receive MLK Jr. Service Award

  • For the third consecutive year, the Waynesville AmeriCorps/VISTA team will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Award from the Missouri Community Service Commission during the Annual Celebration of Volunteerism and Service on May 8.
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  • For the third consecutive year, the Waynesville AmeriCorps/VISTA team will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Award from the Missouri Community Service Commission during the Annual Celebration of Volunteerism and Service on May 8. 
    Approximately 2,000 students in the Waynesville R-VI School District participated in a district-wide celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16. Their service learning and volunteer projects included making oatmeal packets for Snack in a Pack, homemade dog biscuits and toys for the Waynesville Animal Shelter and making homemade laundry soap and other items for the Genesis House, Good Samaritan of the Ozarks, Head Start and Supporting All Lives Together (SALT).  For the third year in a row, all of the activities were coordinated by the Waynesville AmeriCorps/VISTA team. 
    “The goal of this event was to give students a realistic view of the diverse needs of the local community. Students learned first-hand that they have the ability and opportunity to help with many needs that face the community,” said Joellyn Dean, Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. 
    “I’m very proud of the accomplishments of the Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA Team,” says 
    Dr. Kim Hawk, Community Resource Coordinator of the Waynesville R-VI School District. “By engaging our students in hands-on events like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we help them to develop awareness of the needs in our community and an enhanced perspective on ways in which they can offer help and assistance to others. It really helps to develop the heart of service in our youth. It is an honor for us to receive this award. We celebrate the opportunity to connect our youth with the community in support of everything Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.”
     

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