Lakers Team Up with L.A. Works for MLK Day of Service
On Monday, January 16th, the Lakers staff joined over 1,500 corporate and community volunteers for L.A. Works’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Dorsey High School. As a Title 1 school, 60% of Dorsey High School students receive free lunch or come from low income families. As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dorsey sees higher dropout rates and less school maintenance than other schools in the state of California. To improve the environment and make students feel more at home while at school, the Lakers staff spent the day volunteering to revitalize and transform the Dorsey High School campus.
After hearing from a few guest speakers, including Lakers legend Derek Fisher, talk about the legacy of Dr. King, the volunteers were then split up to work on a variety of projects. These projects included repairing and replacing damaged murals, painting school buildings, expanding school gardens, as well as building new benches, seeding tables, and a gazebo for outdoor classes.
The Lakers staff worked alongside the Los Angeles Sparks staff to repaint the school’s handball walls and paint a new mural of Dorsey’s mascot, the Don. The spirited day ended with music and food, as volunteers and Dorsey students from all different backgrounds enjoyed spending time together while helping out the community.
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