On January 20, 2014, we participated and played a major part in the annual Forest Grove Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through our involvement, we connected to our community, shared our Roots&Shoots / Jane Goodall philosophy, and learned about MLK's teachings and how they important to us today.
On January 20, we participated in the annual Forest Grove community Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. We flew our Giant Peace Doves in the march through the town, including a new Dove made for us by students of Pacific University. Under a beautiful but cloudy sky (but very cold!) we marched through town and we ended up at Pacific University, where we were inspired by speakers and a celebration of MLK's life. Two of our R&S members were part of a panel discussion about how MLK's teachings can play a part in our lives today. Other members taught Pacific Students and community members how to fold the Origami Peace Cranes and the meaning of the Sadako peace story. About 200 people participated from the community (and least 15 Roots & Shoots members plus family). It was a wonderful way to spend a day celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.