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ASD Celebrates and Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Anchorage School District observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a school holiday on Jan. 18, but his teachings and lessons are remembered and practiced throughout the year. 

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 16 through Tuesday, Jan. 19, we encourage families, students, staff, and community members to share some kindness and service to others by posting photos on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #ASDKindnessCounts, because together, we can accomplish great things.

Here are some ideas to get started!

Community Activities

  • Thank our first responders for their tireless efforts by writing a letter, dropping off cookies, etc.
  • Send a card to a service member.
  • Donate to the Food Bank of Alaska.
  • Make a video of yourself reading a favorite children's book and share with a teacher for virtual story time.
  • Make a donation to a charity. 
  • Make activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  • Say thank you when you see a service member or first responder.
  • Make a candy gram for your local police department.
  • Pay it forward (e.g., pay for coffee for the person behind you).
  • Help a friend study.
  • Pick up litter in your neighborhood.
  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Bake dessert for a neighbor.
  • Volunteer to walk dogs at a local animal shelter.
  • Compliment a friend.

Family/Home Activities

  • Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  • Write down a sibling or parents best qualities on a sticky note and leave it on their bedroom door or mirror.
  • Set the table for dinner.
  • Record a video message to a faraway friend or family member.
  • Virtually read a book to someone in your family living in a different house.
  • Make a homemade gift for someone.
  • Clean up your room without being asked.
  • Send a letter to your grandparents.
  • Collect spare change to donate to a charity.
  • Donate outgrown clothes.
  • Help a parent prepare dinner or dessert.
  • Write a poem to share.
  • Reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.

Educational Activities

  • Read Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • Read a book about Dr. King's life.
  • Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Learn about MLK historical places of relevance.