Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Wilson Middle School 
22 Rutledge Road
Natick, MA 01760

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Reverend Eric Markman
Hartford Street Presbyterian Church


MLK Community Service Opportunity

This year's MLK service project is once again dedicated to ensuring that all children in our Natick community have access to food over the February school vacation week when subsidized school meal programs are not available.

We are collecting donations of nonperishable individual serving sized food items for our lunch and snack bag project prior to our event (all items are due by January 17th). Then on 1/20, you can join us to assemble lunch and snack bags for local kids who need a meal. 

SPARK Kindness is also collecting monetary donations to be used for the sole purpose of purchasing additional food items for the lunch and snack bags, and small gift cards (local pizza and coffee shops) to be distributed to older students. CLICK HERE to make a donation.




Please join us for our annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration with special guest speaker, Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond 
Monday, January 20 at 10AM
at Wilson Middle School Natick


Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
with fellow members of our Natick community and stay for a special family service opportunity after the celebration!

The program will also feature:

Performances and presentations by Natick student groups including the Johnson Peacemakes, Red Hawk Elite Dancers, NHS Varsity Dance Team, West Street Jazz, and the NHS Peer Advocates

A reading by community leaders of
Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail

Middle and High School MLK Day Student Essay Contest Winners presentation with Dr. Anna Nolin,
Superintendent of Natick Public Schools

More about our 2020 Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond co-founded Bethel A.M.E. in Boston in with his wife, Gloria. The son of a Baptist preacher and a schoolteacher in Philadelphia, Rev. Hammond attended public schools before earning degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He later earned a master’s degree in religion, focusing on Christian and medical ethics, from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Rev. Hammond is co-founder and chairman of the Ten Point Coalition, an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders mobilizing the Greater Boston community around issues affecting black and Latino youth; an Executive Committee member of the Black Ministerial Alliance; chair of the Boston Opportunity Agenda; a Strategy Team member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization; and a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. He also serves as a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, BMC Health System, and the MATCH School. He previously served as chairman of The Boston Foundation.
Rev. Hammond is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of numerous honors and honorary doctorates.

Co-sponsored by Greater Natick Interfaith Clergy Association, Natick Is United, the Natick Board of Health, Natick 180, Town of Natick, Natick Public Schools, METCO, and SPARK Kindness


ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. The Wilson Middle School is an accessible building and accessible seating is available in the auditorium. If you need other specific accommodations, please contact lparkermoldover@sparkkindness.org.

Parking and Shuttle Information -- New Shuttle Option from Ben Hem this Year!

Additional event parking can be found at Ben Hem Elementary School (22 E. Evergreen Rd, Natick). New this year, a free shuttle bus will be available beginning at 9:05am. The bus will run in a loop, approximately every 15 minutes, to transport guests to and from Wilson Middle School for the MLK Day Celebration. Pick up/ drop off will be in the Ben Hem bus loop, and in front of the Wilson Middle School Auditorium entrance. The bus will run until approximately 12:30pm, following the event program and welcoming fair.