Learning center celebrates MLK Day

By: By Natalie Davis - The Anson Record
Contributed photo Kids Cafe students read information about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -

The Burnsville Recreation and Learning Center held a celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. with the theme “Moving Forward to Keep His Dream Alive.”

“The expression was shared by children, youth and adults; all working together as one to commemorate this special occasion,” said Carol Smith, director of the learning center.

Young adults, under the supervision of Inez Williamson, arrived early Monday morning with their small children.

“The young adults were excited and looked forward to decorating the multipurpose room where the celebration would soon take place,” Smith said.

The students spent time planning and preparing for the guests who would be attending the event. With the help and support of Williamson, the students prepared a meal. The menu consisted of homemade greens, barbecue chicken and pepper steak. Learning center volunteers furnished homemade beef stew, chili beans, desert and beverages.

“As the guests arrived they were greeted by Marcella Broadway,” she said. “She registered the guests and presented a gift to all that attended.”

Treamenda Caple and Joyce Ledbetter planned and prepped all celebration activities.

Miya Sturdivant, 10th-grader at Anson High School, served as the mistress of ceremony. Allen Jackson, Lula Jackson, Bejar Brewer and Nathan Sikes were also part of the pgoram. Allen Jackson is director of the athletic program in Anson County, Lula Jackson is director of the Department of Social Services, Brewer is pastor of Rock Hill Baptist Church in Greensboro and Sikes is an intern.

“Reflecting on the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. King was presented by Alton Jackson, who is a recent graduate of Anson High School, and is presently attending South Piedmont College,” Smith said. “The reflections from Alton’s view were heartfelt.”

Under the direction of the Kids Cafe teachers, the after-school students led the Pledge of Allegiance, and also the pledge to the Christian flag.

Derrick Byrd is an after-school volunteer from the Polkton community. He is from the deaf community.

“Weekly, Derrick shares sign language with the after-school children, and several children have learned to sign,” she added. “He was able to share and show the audience what he brings to BRLC after school weekly. The students participated in this exercise.”

Anson High student Jazzyling Brewer recited the “I Have a Dream Speech,” to the audience.

Nelson Jackson and Jewel Brewer were guest speakers.

“They are both from the Burnsville community and work faithfully to the success of BRLC,” Smith said.

They each spoke about what they were doing to keep the dream alive.

“Their messages were very motivational and inspirational,” Smith said. “All hearts were stirred and encouraged to move forward though, there are many challenges.”

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Kids Cafe students read information about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Kids Cafe students read information about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Learning center celebrates MLK Day

By Natalie Davis

The Anson Record