Monday, January 14, 2008

Press Release: City celebration to honor Martin Luther King with three different events

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City celebration to honor Martin Luther King with three different events

The Federal Way Diversity Commission has expanded its annual celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Citizens have an opportunity to get involved in three different events that reflect Dr. King's belief in community involvement and the importance of fostering youth. The theme for the celebration is "Triumph -- in a World of Possibilities."

January 16: MLK Senior High Summit

Working in collaboration with the Federal Way School District, the diversity commission will host a Senior High Summit from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn, 32124 25th Ave. S., Federal Way. Eighteen students from each of the city's five high schools, a total of 90 district delegates, will discuss the MLK theme, peer pressure, and other issues that hinder success. They will meet with their respective principals the next day to debrief what they've learned.

January 19: MLK Community Service Project #1-Food Drive

Recognizing that there are members of the community who are always in need-not just during the holidays-the commission has planned a food drive. Collection bins will be located at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 19: Metropolitan Market, Top Foods, 312th Street Albertsons, Super Wal-Mart, and the 320th Street Safeway. Non-perishable food that is collected will be distributed by the Multi-Service Center.

January 19: MLK Community Service Project #2-Habitat for Humanity

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19, approximately 50 students will partner with Habitat for Humanity on a community service project in Federal Way's Westway neighborhood. The youngsters will fix fences, do some landscaping, and help with general cleanup activities.

January 21: MLK Community Celebration

The city's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center, 2800 SW 320th St. The program will feature keynote speaker Patrick Tamnkang from Cameroon, Africa, and entertainment featuring guitarist Cesar Medel, the Contate Children's Choir, the Thomas Jefferson High School Drumline, poet Dina Ladd, and Reginald Gillins.

The entirely volunteer event is managed by the Federal Way Diversity Commission and the MLK Celebration Committee and is sponsored by: City of Federal Way, Weyerhaeuser Company, King County Council-Pete von Reichbauer, Federal Way School District, Federal Way Mirror, AmeriCorps, LaQuinta Inn of Federal Way, and the Federal Way Education and Communities in Schools Foundation.

Media are welcome at all events, please call Ron Walker, MLK Celebration Chair, 253.927.9279, to make
arrangements.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 11, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Ron Walker
MLK Celebration Chair
253.927.9279

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