BOOST students at George Washington High School honored Martin Luther King’s legacy by spending time with residents at Paul’s Run Retirement Community. They watched Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and discussed it with residents.
“Dr. King’s speech was very inspirational, it showed his will to end racism,” said Anson Paul, an 11th grade BOOST student.
“I shared a lot of the same views with the resident I talked to,” said Shirley Dong, a ninth grade BOOST student. “She was really inspired by the fact that Dr. King never used violence.”
The residents and students also talked about their families, and interests. One woman who Shirley talked to used to work for the Philadelphia School District, and they discussed how it has changed over the years. “It was so much fun,” Shirley said. “Everyone was really nice and I liked talking to the residents.”
“I love doing stuff like this,” said Chris Kuruvilla, a BOOST student who also volunteers at the Philadelphia Protestant Home. “I love talking to the residents and learning more about them.”
“The students keep asking when they can do it again,” said Eliza Ruder, a Group Leader for the BOOST program.
The BOOST students found that they shared similar views on Martin Luther King with the residents. In what ways does Dr. King’s legacy continue to impact younger and future generations?