First Family Volunteers to Honor MLK

Jan 17, 2011 1:31pm

ABC News' Jon Garcia Reports:

President Obama, First Lady Michelle and their daughters spent a part of their Monday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday by doing some community service. The First Family volunteered at Stuart Hobson Middle School in Northeast DC,  where they observed mentor program meetings and painted images of “exercising fruit” on the school cafeteria walls – an attempt to encourage healthy eating habits in students.

"This is part of what America is all about,” Obama told reporters at the school.  “And after a painful week where so many of us were focused on tragedy its good for us to remind ourselves of what this country's all about. This kind of service project is what's best in us. We're thrilled with everybody who's participating." 

The First Family was greeted by the volunteers who sang  "Happy Birthday" to the first lady, who happens to be celebrating her 47th birthday today. Obama clapped and sang along while his wife looked a little embarrassed as she hugged daughter Sasha from behind.

"All right let's get to work. This is embarrassing,” she said after they finished the song.

Volunteers painted college logos—from University of Michigan, George Washington University and Penn State—on banners designed to get kids thinking and talking about higher education.

“Dr King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities. That's what this program is all about," President Obama said.

The program in which the Obama’s participated was part of Greater DC Cares, an organization that sponsored more than 30 other projects with more than 2000 volunteers across DC today.

Last year the Obamas served at a DC soup kitchen.


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