Finlandia and MTU students read to Houghton Elementary kids on MLK Day


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HOUGHTON — As put by Martin Luther King Jr., “intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.” And that’s exactly what college students from all over the Keweenaw Peninsula are trying to show kids here at Houghton Elementary.

By reading to classrooms, students from Finlandia and Michigan Tech helped educate kids about the message of Martin Luther King.

Dare Mayomi, a student at Finlandia, shared, “We know that Martin Luther king is one of the best leaders in the world, even today after his death. And so, it’s really good that we use his ideas and ideology so that we can continue to bring the idea of peace and equality into everyone.”

And this day of volunteering was a way to keep that idea alive and growing.

Rebecca Spencer, a fourth year student at Michigan Tech, explained, “It’s important to give this exposure to kids at a young age because sometimes this holiday can be overlooked given that it’s just another day. So, just keeping history alive and spreading this information to them is really great.”

“You go in the classrooms and you have people from China, from Nigeria, from here, from India in the classrooms, and he helped do that. So I think it’s really important to bring that up now,” added Logan McMillan, also a fourth year Michigan Tech student.

So on this holiday, university students are leading by example.

Anders Hill, Principal at Houghton Elementary School, told Local 3, “I think they get a lot out of it. I think just the interaction with college students and seeing that they’re giving back and giving up their time, and just that whole message of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”

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