Make it a day on, not a day off

Whitman teacher Cynthia Quinlan with Shakira Felder, Jessica Griffith, Hannah Biton, Chanel Person, and parent Sue Griffith.
Whitman teacher Cynthia Quinlan with Shakira Felder, Jessica Griffith, Hannah Biton, Chanel Person, and parent Sue Griffith.

Saturday, January 19, was a day to commemorate community service. The day has traditionally been associated with the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service as a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.

As thousands of volunteers across the country gathered to serve in honor of the 2013 National Day of Service, Walt Whitman special education teacher Ms. Cynthia Quinlan and members of the Walt Whitman African American Heritage Club (AAHC) were busy painting the interior of two houses that seven homeless families call home, at a family homeless shelter.

Thousands participated in volunteer events in all 50 states on Saturday—feeding the hungry, planting trees, and, in coastal New York and New Jersey, clearing debris and repairing dunes left after Hurricane Sandy. Congratulations AAHC and all of the South Huntington community volunteers, who, through their commitment, are showing why volunteerism may be the best way to rebuild America’s foundation, one community at a time.