Learning about Martin Luther King Jr. Photo by Heidi Randhava

Preschool students ages two through five honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping to make bagged lunches and decorating cards that were included with each lunch. The lunches were donated to Connections for the Homeless, at 2121 Dewey Ave.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is “a day on, not a day off” for Unity Preschool, at 827 Foster St. Parents, staff, and Unity alums helped out with the annual day of service project.

Unity parent Silas Dick and his daughter, Margo, were among those in an assembly line of volunteers who carefully packed lunches in hand decorated lunch bags. “We were really excited to hear that this opportunity was available through Margo’s school,” said Mr. Dick.

“I think it’s really fun,” said student volunteer Maya Marling.

Maya and Alena Langan, both sophomores at ETHS and Unity Preschool graduates, said they did not mind waking up early to help the preschool students decorate cards were included in the lunches.

“I spent a lot of time here and I think it’s nice to come back and be on the other end,” said Alena.

Unity Preschool director Daryl Johnson said this was the third year that Unity Preschool students and volunteers have made the bagged lunches on MLK Day, the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.