On January 15 and 17, 2011, more than 1,000 CPS high school and middle school students will respond to the call of President Barack Obama to serve their communities in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On King's actual birthday, January 15, 500-600 high school students will gather at Union Station for the Celebration of Service sponsored by Chicago Cares. From Union Station, students will travel to service sites throughout the city to work with children, seniors, individuals with disabilities in addition to restoring the environment, advocating for peace, and engaging in other community building activities.
On January 17, the 2nd Annual National Day of Service, middle school students will gather at Medill Teacher Training Center for a day reflection through the arts. More than 150 students will explore the life and meaning of King through art, music, drama, and spoken word and create their own works of art to express the meaning of King and his relevance for us today. Meanwhile, more than 500 high school students will serve in various capacities throughout the city to encourage peace, participation, and strengthen their communities. Finally, our partner Mikva Challenge will host a mayoral forum for 250 high school students where they will learn about the candidates and prepare themselves for non-partisan action in the very important mayoral election on February 22. Remember January 17, in the spirit of King, is a Day On, Not a Day Off!