In partnership with Green For All, the Environmental Protection Agency, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, and Trees On Atlanta, students plant trees, clean highway
ATLANTA, GA – Earlier today, Spelman College students fanned out across Atlanta to pay respect to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by honoring one of his best-known sayings: Anyone can be great – because anyone can serve. Spelman students took part in two service projects in the city to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Students and representatives from Green For All, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, and Trees On Atlanta planted trees in the English Avenue community. As part of another project, dozens of others joined Spelman College’s Adopt-A-Highway project in cleaning a stretch of the I-20 east highway. In addition to honoring Dr. King, the day’s events also made Atlanta cleaner, greener and more beautiful – a simple demonstration of the role we can all play in protecting our environment and improving our communities. Spelman students Kandyce Perry and Jainaba Fye, members of Green For All’s college ambassador program, participated in the day of service in keeping with their efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus and in the surrounding community. “The world we live in is the world we create ourselves,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Dr. King called on us to lead by example, to serve our communities to make a more perfect, more just world. Today these students and our partners did exactly that.” EPA Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson celebrated the students and community partners for their commitment to service. "There is no better way to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. than service to our communities and our fellow Americans. I’m proud to see so many young people stepping up to protect their health and their environment through service projects,” said Administrator Jackson. “Small changes can have a huge impact on our environment. The leadership shown by Spelman students and the people of Atlanta dedicating themselves to working for a cleaner environment should serve as an inspiration far beyond their own communities.” Photos of the event and interviews with participants will be made available on request. Fore more info on Green For All’s College Ambassador program, visit:/gfa/wp/what-we-do/college-ambassador-program About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca.