Anchorage honors Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects and commemorations on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.
Pacific Northern Academy held classes Monday and presented a program that featured a choral reading performance of "The Rosa Parks Story," a presentation from a visit 6th graders made to the King Memorial in Washington, D.C., last spring, musical performances, and a video of Dr. King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Later in the morning students spent an hour working on thank-you projects for police officers, fire fighters, sanitation workers, postal workers, senior citizen caregivers and workers at the Food Bank of Alaska, Bean's Cafe, Animal Care and Control and the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Around town, volunteers assembled food boxes for distribution to poor elderly people at the Food Bank of Alaska, cleared sidewalks in Mountain View, underwent training for homeless camp outreach, assembled hygiene kits and performed other services.
Free legal clinics were offered in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau as a public service project of the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Alaska Public Media in partnership with local bar associations.