Waynesville students volunteered all over town last week in honor of Dr. King.

Students in the Waynesville School District participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service last week. MLK Day of Service is an initiative that encourages people to volunteer in their communities.

Waynesville 6th graders volunteered at the Waynesville Animal Shelter, East Elementary, Life Care Center of Waynesville and Good Samaritan of the Ozarks in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  They were among more than 1,000 students who volunteered on Thursday to help make a difference in the community. In addition to helping at the shelter, students learned about proper ways to handle dogs from Susan Rather, the shelter's trainer, and her show dog Sultan, an award-winning Rottweiler. 

The best part of the day for Sultan was being rewarded with lots of attention from students. 

About 800 Waynesville Middle School students participated in service-learning activities on Thursday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

AmeriCorps/VISTA members led the activities by setting up 17 different service-learning stations to benefit 18 different community groups.

Among their many activities, students created play dough, hand scrub, posters and valentine cards and thank you cards for soldiers. They also made dog toys for the animal shelter by braiding fabric together and made oatmeal packets for their fellow students who receive Snack in a Pack.

For the more senior members of our community, middle school students created custom placemats for the nursing home. 

Waynesville 6th graders read to students at East Elementary along with Waynesville High School students as part of their volunteer service.