While students will not be at school for Martin Luther King Day, Alvarado ISD personnel with celebrate the day with community service.

Instead of a full day of meetings and in-service, district officials decided half of Monday’s staff development would be spent helping in the community.

“Dr. King’s day of honor is worthy of everyone’s support,” Alvarado ISD Superintendent Chester Juroska said. “Some people want to think that it is a day special only for African-Americans. But his contributions bettered society for all Americans. His life changed all of our lives for the better.”

Teachers and staff will be working in several areas of the community. Some will be working at parks and stocking shelves at Helping Hands for Jesus while others will be serving lunch to the police and fire department. There will also be district employees visiting a local nursing home and one school will be filling boxes for local military servicemen.

This will mark the second year the district has celebrated MLK Day by serving the Alvarado community.

“We could all take off and for most of us, it would be spent shopping or running errands,” Juroska said. “This way we can truly honor the man, by doing community service in his name.”

For more information contact: Tommy Brown, Public Information Officer, 817-783-6851 (office), 214-707-7421 (cell).