Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr. Day of Service -January 17, 2022

Welcome to the countdown of 15 things you can do, in doors, and out, for your community!

Volunteer your time and talents

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Volunteering amid the coronavirus pandemic may present new challenges, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be an active participant in your community! Reach out to local schools to see how you can help teachers in their virtual classrooms, raise money for food banks in your area, or even ask an elderly neighbor if they need help taking care of their yard.” (From https://www.audacy.com/news/lessons-from-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-we-can-use-in-the-present-day)

Over the next three days keep checking in as we add more and more possibilities you can do, indoors and out, to improve your community!

We will refer to the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy Project page for out first one and # 3!

COLD. Yes, it is VERY cold, a cool 20 degees Fahrenheit today sooo- we will be represented at The Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch at this morning, imitating a warmer version of Friluftsliv but we want your visit to NRWC property to be comfortable and enjoyable. DO NOT worry if today is too cold to leisurely take in the trail, we understand it is probably too cold today but we will have another next week again!

In the meantime, leading up to Martin Luther King Jr’s Day of Service January 17, 2022, we’d like to pull some of the listed activities that you can contribute to your community, with, inside and outside!

  1. The advocacy to legislators about natural lands is the heart of the NRWC – and this particular land in Maryland is a GREAT way to take part in saving a piece of land for restoration and prevent development on. Go ahead and do it and let environmental lands hear your voice!
  2. Media Literacy is huge, and piggy backing on #1, we desperately need a push with increasing uses of social media, for future generations to receive the correct instruction on how to discern messaging on all sorts of media. Go ahead whole your are advocating today and support the Senate Bill 195 (SB 195) and let your legislators know you do feel the education and awareness of media literacy, by certified school librarians, is a vital part of education – that is what brings you to us and we hope brings future generations to us! (Beware of the tree octopus !)
  3. What do you know personally about Poison Ivy, Sassafras, Black Oak, and Mountain Laurel? We’d like to hear your “Did you know’s” as we are moving forward with a Chapel Branch field guide for students! Send any and all cool trivia and facts you know to us and we will credit you and put your knowledge to use informing younger generations! (All info can be sent ot harry.brake@gmail.com).

Stay tuned for 12 more ways from now until Monday evening on how you can play a part in community service from your home and by getting out for the MLK Day of Service!

About Harry Brake

Employee of Woodbridge High School, Library Media Specialist, Media crazy! :)
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