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14 | January 25, 2018 | The glenview lantern news Volunteers clean up forest preserve on MLK Day Jeremy Turley Freelance Reporter On Feb. 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famed Drum Major Instinct sermon from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The sermon is remembered by history as the one in which King predicted his death and envisioned his own funeral service. “If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then, I wonder what I want them to say,” King said. “I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others.” Two months later, King was shot on the balcony of room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He died later that night. Now nearly half a century removed from his assassination, the country continues to honor King’s legacy by trying to remember him how he wanted to be remembered. Every year on King’s birthday, millions of Americans congregate at food banks, homeless shelters and community centers to perform acts of service for others. More than 40 volunteers in Glenview tried to do their part by ridding a section of the Blue Star Memorial Woods of invasive species on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. Armed with pruners and bow saws, the volunteers February Specials $150.00 Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Treatment. (Value 350.00 each) 20% OFF Any Other Services. Must bring in ad for specials. (First time clients only). Specials expire March 31st. 859 Sanders Road Northbrook 847-753-7895(STYL) Nora Baker navigates Blue Star Memorial Woods on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15, in search of invasive plants. Photos by Jeremy Turley/22nd Century Media Mary Fran Cashman enjoys a treat. descended upon the forest preserve to cut down and burn buckthorn. Glenview resident Buffy Sallee lives just a few minutes away from the forest preserve and frequently walks on the adjacent trail. She thought bringing her kids along on the volunteering trip would teach them to contribute to the betterment of their surroundings. “I think on any day, [doing community service] is good. It’s something that I didn’t grow up doing with my family, but that I’m trying to do with my kids,” Sallee said. “This trail is the one we go on as a family. This is them getting to actually be a part of making what we use.” Over the last 200 years, European buckthorn has invaded woodlands throughout the country and prevented native tree species from flourishing. John Balaban has volunteered with the North Branch Restoration Project for nearly 35 years. Over that time, he has expelled buckthorn from hundreds of acres of forest along the Chicago River. While Balaban would have been out in the woods irrespective of the holiday, he said he’s heartened by the other volunteers’ eagerness to heed King’s message and serve the community. “I think [service] is the legacy of Martin Luther King,” Balaban said. “It’s more than just thinking good thoughts or whatever, but it’s actually going out and doing something to make the world a better place.” Meghan Cashman said she subscribed to that way of thinking and decided to use her day off to participate in the national Day of Service. Along with her husband, David, and their two young daughters, Cashman spent several hours working in the forest preserve. Cashman said she was inspired by then-President Barack Obama’s call to service on King’s birthday in previous years and always wanted to volunteer. Now that her youngest daughter, Sarah, 5, is old enough to participate, Cashman saw the perfect opportunity to make the day a family affair. “We felt compelled to come out and do something,” Cashman said. “[Martin Luther King Jr.] did his part, and we’re going to do our part, too.” Event organizer Annette Anderson, of Friends of the Chicago River, echoed Cashman’s sentiment, saying that King’s message is so powerful, even 50 years after his death, because it promotes community involvement as an agent of change in society. “Martin Luther King Day observance, for me, is just showing that everybody can help and that all hands make a difference,” Anderson said. “His movement wouldn’t have happened without everyday people. That’s how change happens.” news the glenview lantern | January 25, 2018 | 15 Avoca West launches first elementary school Best Buddies chapter in state SUBMITTED BY AVOCA WEST SCHOOL The Avoca West School community is thrilled to collaborate with Best Buddies to launch the first and only elementary school chapter in Illinois. Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through school friendship, job integration and leadership development. Best Buddies is built upon a simple message of inclusion. With an increasing need to educate children on the value of humanity in all forms and impress upon them the importance of relationships, it was a natural fit to couple elementary aged children with Best Buddies. The elementary program focuses on building awareness of the program and bringing students together through student-led fundraising events, club meetings and other engaging activities. So far, Avoca has 25 student participants, who have met on various occasions to work toward the first community event, which was held on Dec. 15. “The scope of the event was first limited to club participants and their families, but grew to include the entire school,” said Caroline Henson, an Avoca staff coordinator. “We really wanted to reach as many people as possible.” Families were invited to enjoy a potluck meal, games and crafts, and decorate the school halls to spread holiday cheer and to help raise funds for Best Buddies through a bake sale. The event was attended by about 50 people, who gained a new perspective on acceptance and friendship. “You get to start new friendships with other people — people you wouldn’t normally get to be friends with,” said student Romy Parekh. RIGHT: Students at Avoca West Elementary School play games at the school’s first Best Buddies event Dec. 15. 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