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Kids Craft Goodies For MLK Day

January 20, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Kids Craft Goodies For MLK Day
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Each month, kids with Lutheran Social Services take on a new service project, and their project day this month happens to land on the day to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We're really passionate that kids learn when they're having fun, so at all five of our locations, the kids get to do things that they love to do.  So when they choose to do the activities like they are today, they're much more motivated to enjoy it," Heather DeWit said.

Since they let the kids pick out the projects they want to work on, they decided to help out groups that mean the most to them.

"Doing tie blankets for the animal shelter, and then doing treats for the people that are doing the roads for us, and then we're doing treat bones for the dogs, too," Taylor Benson said.

"Because it helps others and it is a way of saying thank you. It's fun and it'll be good for them to have," Anya Staebell said.

Not only are the kids doing something special for the groups they are passionate about, they are preserving a message that Dr. King wanted to pass on to others.

"Sometimes when the kids are learning about history and learning about the different parts of the community, they don't always understand the full implications of what they're learning, but they can sure get to the heart of it when they can do service," DeWit said.

It doesn't hurt that the message is being delivered through some fun activities.

"I think when kids are learning about history, if they can put their hands on it, it changes things for them.  So when they are learning about a great man and a great story, they can do something that his legacy gave them, which is serving others in the community," DeWit said.

The kids were quick to answer what the best way was to honor Dr. King. They said they just want to make their community better.

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