Each year on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. Higher Ground gathers up our students and families across all four school sites and come together to honor Dr. King's memory with a day of service for our community.
For this year's service day we met at Sobrante Park Elementary School located at 470 El Paseo Drive Oakland, California 94603 to participate in several community beautification projects! Students, Parents, Teachers and Community partners gathered bright and early to make their presence felt through out the Sobrante Park neighborhood.
All who came out to the event participated proudly in making their community a better place to live and learn! Check out the videos and pictures from the event below!
Video Above: The Day begins with returning students in older grades greeting volunteers as they sign up for the days event!
Above: Dozens of community members show up bright and early to give back!
Above: Youth workers from our "Workforce Development Project" are ready to lead others in the day's projects!
Above: the Sobrante Park Elementary cafeteria is full of dozens of volunteers preparing themselves to begin work at their designated projects!
Above: volunteers of all ages are exited and happy to celebrate MLK Jr. day of service in unity with the younger generation of students! They too, where once students in the Sobrante Park community!
Above: Higher Ground Founders Tiffany Gibson (Left) and Amber Blackwell, M.A (far right) proud and ready to begin Service Day!
Video Above: When asked why it's important to give back, these two community members talk about the importance of not just "talking" about something, but really comming out and "being" about representing for Oakland in a positive way!Above: Students outside, working on their designated projects! Together, making a difference one step at a time!
Video Above: In this clip, Coach Reggie Archie explains why live bugs are important to have in any compost bin. A few of the community members present share their thoughts on why this day is important to them.
Photo Above: (From Left to Right) New Highland Program Coordinator, Khariyahh Shabazz, Sobrante Park Eagles Afterschool Program Head Coach; Aaron Davis, Operations Directors; Tiffany Gibson and Raymond Marinelli discuss the day's projects and who will lead each project.
Video Above: In this video, Oakland Mayor Jene Quan describes the history behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bday holiday. She also shares her thoughts on this special day.
Above: A student from the New Highland Solar Ray's Afterschool Program shares her thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. With Mayor Jene Quan.
Above: Students and Staff preparing to bring bark inside the garden area!
Above: students, parents, and Higher Ground staff prepare materials for the Sobrante Park Elementary garden!
Video Above: A group of students gather around their project to discuss their thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Above: "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve!" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Above: "To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves." -Ghandi
Above: "Growing is the result of learning." -Malcom X.
Above: The more we pull together towards a common future, the less it matters what pushed us apart in the past."
- Johnetta B. Cole
Video Above: "Dr. Martin Luther King!" He lives in the spirirt of our community!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.