Published on Jan. 22, 2014
Tri-City Herald Editorial
January 21, 2014 - Lizbeth Meza, 11, right, of Pasco, works with Destiny Bush of Pullman on Monday as they joined Pasco middle school students and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Nu Omega graduate chapter at My Friends Place in Kennewick for the National Day of Service. Ten alumnae from the sorority and 11 students helped organize and assemble outreach bags of supplies for homeless teens, as well as bake cookies and organize other donated supplies at the shelter. KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald
This week, our country and community honored Martin Luther King Jr. with ceremonies and service to others.
said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you
doing for others?'" It's a good question for all of us to ask ourselves.
And here are just a few answers.
is an excellent choice for Columbia Basin College's Martin Luther King
Jr. Spirit Award. And the Mid-Columbia is a much better place to live
because Martin moved here in 1978.
It's nearly impossible to pin
down one major accomplishment, or even narrow it down to several. But
we're willing to take a shot at it.
His scientific contribution at
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is notable -- and has been
recognized. His service in the community on various committees is worthy
His work to establish the Office of Diversity at Columbia Basin Community College helps the entire community.
people are shortsighted in their efforts. Sometimes we are only willing
to do something good as long as it results in a direct benefit to us.
Martin's efforts reach far beyond his circle -- which is pretty big to start with.
We're pleased to add our voice of congratulations!
Day of service
According to the MLK Day of Service website, hundreds of thousands of people give service on MLK day and throughout the year.
of those service projects are in our community. A group of middle
school girls spent Monday helping assemble bags for homeless teens as
part of a leadership project.
The Emerging Young Leaders group is a
signature program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and involves about 30
girls in our community.
Usually, when we think of leaders, we think of someone at the head of an organization or the one out in front of the pack.
future leaders are learning what people like Martin Luther King Jr. and
Wayne Martin have already demonstrated -- that leaders lead by serving.
are in order for Jamie Wilkinson for the courage to change her life.
She will be the sixth graduate of Elijah Family Homes in the past seven
Our gratitude extends to the people who keep Elijah Family Homes running.
who has tried to lose weight or stop smoking know that addictive
behaviors are difficult to shake, and sometimes it takes several runs at
it to be successful.
When the addiction involves drugs and/or alcohol, the stakes are even higher.
We need to be patient with each other and provide ways for people to start over.
The Elijah Family Homes does just that.
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