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Children share King’s message with seniors

January 29, 2011
The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - Through its Project DESTINY program, the Weirton Geriatric Center hosted a Martin Luther King Day of Celebration that involved a diverse group of people, ranging from 8 years old to 100 years old.

Under the direction of Ashley Zago and Linda Miller, AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America members working with the Weirton Christian Center's Project DESTINY program, 20 students read stories and poems about the civil rights activist to residents and staff at the geriatric center.

Through the year, students from the Weirton Christian Center participate in a weekly Adopt-a-Grandparent/Grandchild program at the Weirton Geriatric Center.

They were joined for the Martin Luther King Day observance by students from the Weirton Christian Center, Follansbee Christian Center, Bethany College and West Liberty University.

The WCC Signs of Hope performed four songs for those gathered in the dining area.

To prepare for the day, the students watched videos featuring historical footage of King and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

The children wrote short compositions and poems about King with the assistance of Joseph Cuomo, a local pastor and president of the Weirton Christian Center Board of Directors; Shirley Cuomo, co-director of the Follansbee Christian Center; and Cathy Arango, parent volunteer.

They also created unity wreaths accented with peace doves now displayed at the Weirton Geriatric Center.

Refreshments were provided by the Weirton Geriatric Center.

Organizers said a total of 145 volunteer hours were put in during the observance. One resident commented that the participants' sincerity was easy to see.

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