4. Choose a family charity and make a donation.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
King, the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize at 35 years old, donated his prize money to serve the civil rights movement. Often, charitable donations are looked at as an adult, financial matter and are done without our children’s knowledge. Make giving a family affair by choosing a charity with your kids and making a donation. It doesn’t have to be significant: a few dollars can seem like a huge amount at a young age. So clean out the change in your wallets and under the couch cushions and plant the seeds for a lifetime of giving. Your little ones can even make their own donation jar and decorate it.
5. Learn about local environmental issues and discuss with your children.
“The time is always right to do the right thing.”
King was actually assassinated while fighting for the rights of sanitation workers, and he has been called by some “the father of the environmental justice movement.” To honor the groundwork King laid, cut out clippings from the newspaper about local environmental issues and share them with your children. Take a walk around the city, town, or neighborhood you live in and point out relevant examples of environmental changes or problems. For example, if the town river is polluted, discuss any efforts being made to clean it and see if your kids have any ideas for improving the situation. Seeing how the world has changed on a smaller, more local scale could have a big impact on them.
6. Write an “I have a dream” speech with your child.
“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
Read King’s amazing, impacting speech with your little ones, then tap into your children’s hopeful and not-yet-jaded world view by having them write (or dictate) their own “I have a dream” speech. Make the project multi-media by having them illustrate their dreams and ideas. Once the day is over, store their masterpieces until next year when you all can see how their hopes and aspirations have changed.
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