United Way of Northeast Florida volunteers participate in MLK Day of Service project

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 100 volunteers spent their Martin Luther King Junior Day volunteering at Matthew Gilbert Middle School on Monday.

Volunteers gathered together to help out with an MLK Day of Service project. It was the group’s first “Day of Service” event since the pandemic.

Latonya Parker, the principal of the middle school, said she wants people to take pride in going to the school just like people take pride in living on the Eastside.

“I truly believe in giving back and giving service to all mankind to let people know they’re appreciated,” Parker said. “Taking this opportunity to give back today and provide our school with a beautification project as well as inside and outside is great.”

The organization was on the Eastside making improvements to Matthew Gilbert Middle on Monday, Jan. 16. They helped out from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers made a Positively JAX difference by helping improve the teachers’ lounge or by getting their hands dirty with landscaping. They planted hedges, laid mulch, Put up new tables, shelves and more.

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Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.