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On Friday, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 AmeriCorps members gathered at the Seattle Center to pledge their personal commitment to ‘get things done for America’ during their year of service in Washington state. The annual event drew its largest crowd ever, proving that more and more citizens are choosing to serve during these difficult economic times.

As one of her chief responsibilities and greatest passions, the First lady has dedicated herself to helping our children grow up healthy and reversing the alarming childhood obesity trend -- so the President's signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this morning at a local DC school was particularly meaningful for her:

Rather than the traditional, honorary trip to the White House this year, the 2010 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers teamed up with NBA Cares and President Obama last week to join members of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washingon for an afternoon of education and service projects.

Starting today, the Service News Digest will be a weekly feature on the Serve.Gov blog. Each week, we will showcase news highlights that feature national service.

This weekend Super Bowl XLV will showcase football heroics, but heroes aren’t only found on the field -- most of them are right in our own backyard.

Ed Note: Starting today, Serve.Gov will participate in Wordless Wednesdays. Each week we will showcase the photos and videos that tell the story of service happening around the country. Today we feature a round-up of a few great MLK Day photos.

All of us in the world of national service and volunteering lost a guiding light with the passing of Robert Sargent "Sarge" Shriver.

The scriptures that Dr. King often preached say, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked". Dr. King realized that he was given a calling much larger than himself. That calling was to lead a nation to another level of responsibility.

This month we celebrate 10 years of National Mentoring Month and the 25th anniversary of MLK Day. Throughout the month organizations, groups and individuals across the country are celebrating both anniversaries through service or mentoring a young person. How will you get involved?

Last fall, about 360,000 youth, educators, and community partners began a year-long campaign to demonstrate the potential of education powered by service. Through the Learn and Serve Challenge, they pledged to engage in service-learning activities to help more young people understand how their education is relevant in the real world.


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