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Boys and Girls Club celebrates life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cyndi Auth, director of programs for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, talks to the kids about Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on society and the importance of “The Power of Actions and Words.” (Photo by Candice Black)

PARKERSBURG — The Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg celebrated Monday the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by teaching kids about “The Power of Actions & Words.”

The Boys and Girls Club has celebrated Martin Luther King Day for more than 20 years, starting as a community collaboration, Cyndi Auth, director of programs, said.

The theme “The Power of Actions & Words” was discussed as it applies to the kids and “challenge them to set a goal for themselves of how they can use their words and actions over the next couple months to make a difference,” Auth said.

The children will talk about the goals they set when they participate in an event during Boys and Girls Club week this spring.

To start off the event, Auth showed a video about Martin Luther King Jr. and his accomplishments. The group then discussed people in their lives who make a big impact.

Kids used their artistic skills to create art inspired by their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote. (Photo by Candice Black)

“Regardless of your age, the things you say have an impact on other people,” Auth said to the group.

To go along with that topic, she showed a video about how to treat others nicely online.

After the kickoff, the kids used their artistic skills to create art inspired by their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote.

“We’re actually going to do an art show where kids will pick their quote and they’ll draw it and then we’ll attach the quotes,” Auth said. “It will be interesting to see all the different interpretations of those words and be able to talk about what it means to each of us.”

Children participated in service projects in the afternoon.

Kids used their artistic skills to create art inspired by their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote. (Photo by Candice Black)

“The kids always pick the Humane Society as their No. 1 thing to think of, which is awesome. They will be making dog treats and dog toys for the humane society,” Auth said.

They also collected items for the Gabriel project, which provides supplies and goods for babies and mothers.

Auth feels it’s beneficial in different ways to teach kids about Martin Luther King Jr.

“The big thing that’s been pushed is the importance of service to our community. We’re fortunate to have a lot of awesome volunteers,” Auth said. “The club has always been grateful for the people that come in and help us. I don’t think that’s lost on the kids; they see that and the volunteers that come and are here on a regular basis.”

It’s more difficult for kids to feel empowered, Auth said.

“A key thing for us is to show it doesn’t matter what your age is. The message this year is important, the words you use every day in your life and the impact that can have on other people is valuable,” Auth said.

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