Barry students turned out in large numbers to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a Day of Service in January. Major service projects took place at Gratigny Elementary School and Vizcaya Gardens in Miami-Dade County.
At Gratigny Elementary, members of 5,000 Points of Excellence, a program for Miami-Dade high school students, joined Barry students to beautify the school compound. Gratigny is a Title 1 school where the students are mainly from Haitian immigrant families.
At Vizcaya Gardens, the volunteers took part in a service project organized by Urban Paradise Guild. They assisted in transplanting native plants and destroying exotic species as part of an effort to strengthen the ecology of the area and provide a suitable habitat for native species of animals.
At Barry, the De Porres Center for Community Service coordinates the MLK Day of Service, scheduled for the Saturday before the MLK holiday, which is the third Monday of January.
“Reflection on the teachings of Dr. King and the experiences of the day serves to connect our students with Barry’s mission and core commitments,” explained Christina Leaño, coordinator of the De Porres Center.
The photo shows Barry students at work on the Vizcaya Gardens project.