By Brother Kevin Greenwood
The first service activity led by Brother Donald Belle consisted of the young men and Brothers Albert Slack, Anthony Kelly, and Marcus Whitfield discussing the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone involved walked away learning something new about Dr. King and the civil rights movement. Brother Jeff Adkisson discussed the lives of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks with the younger students followed by a coloring activity. The younger students were fully engaged and participated with enthusiasm and vigor.
Keeping with the theme of service, the young men enthusiastically completed a service project by cleaning the Kentland Community Center exercise room. Sweeping the floors, wiping down the exercise machines, and cleaning the mirrors were some of the activities completed. The kids remarked that they felt really good having an impact on their neighborhood by helping to maintain the community center. The students took pride in knowing that they were instrumental in cleaning up an area that many of the residents in their community use on a regular basis
Brothers David White and Chris Flemming donated their Wii systems for the day so the students could participate in a few friendly games of Wii Bowling and Tennis as a part of the Physical Fitness component of the program.
The students were then served turkey and cheese sandwiches prepared by Brothers McCory King, Milton Ware and Terrance Prince. During the lunch Brothers Orlando McDowell, Rick Allison, Kevin “Buster” Briscoe, Albert Slack and many others spoke to the students about the importance of healthy eating, education and the importance of understanding our history. Brother Kevin Greenwood gave the students a research assignment that will be due by the next Que Kidz program in February. The research activity will challenge each student to find an African American person that contributed to Black History. The activity will give each student the opportunity to conduct research and share their findings in an oratory format.
To end the event each student was asked to give their thoughts for the day’s activities and their feedback illustrated that they had a better understanding of what community service is all about. They also said they learned about many of the African Americans that played major roles in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as those that contributed to the history of the United States. All photos by Brother David White.