Communities come together for service, celebration
Royal Oak and Berkley residents came together earlier this month for the second annual MLK Day of Service and helped make an impact in the community.
Hosted at Berkley High School, the day began with an inspirational program. Students from Royal Oak High School presented a video (see below) to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and local leaders spoke about the importance of volunteering.
Following the kick-off, volunteers had the option to stay at Berkley High School or visit local organizations. Onsite, volunteers sorted donations, wrote thank-you letters to soldiers and first responders, and made blankets to donate.
Some attendees got out of BHS and into the community. Volunteers visited Yad Ezra, New Foster Care, the Judson Center and Redford Brightmoor Initiative to complete projects for them, like helping customers shop through a food pantry and fixing up neighborhood buildings.
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The Royal Oak High School Model United Nations recently returned from its four-day debate conference at The University of Michigan with several awards.
Senior Henry Smith, representing Saudi Arabia in Disarmament, senior Heather Rose representing Palestine in the Arab League, and sophomore Sarah Skaleski representing Uruguay in the Environment Programme all earned Honorable Mentions.
Senior Ethan Bradley, representing Niger in the African Union, junior Spencer Barrer representing Uruguay in the Special Political committee, sophomore Kat Mooney representing Tanzania in the African Union, and freshman Jack Rossbach representing Venezuela in the Environment Programme all earned Verbal Commendations in large committees.
More than a quarter of the team earned awards at the event and the team scored high marks in five of the seven committees in which it debated. The conference hosted nearly 800 students from 37 private and public schools across the midwest.
The team moves on to new conferences through the coming months, including Oakland University in March and Windsor in April. This summer, the team will travel across the globe to Tanzania in Africa to research sustainable tourism and post-colonial development.