post originally appeared on the White House blog on January 16, 2012.
Today, President Obama, the First Lady, and Malia Obama volunteered at a local elementary school as part of a national day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, who devoted his life to helping others, once said that “everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
Before pitching in to help clean, paint, and organize the school's library, the President spoke to other volunteers from Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Greater DC Cares gathered for the event:
There's nobody who can't serve. Nobody who can't help somebody else. And whether you're seven or six or whether you're 76, then you can find opportunities to make an enormous difference in your community.
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also joined the millions of Americans participating in service events around the country. They traveled to Philadelphia to take part in the 17th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the nation.
- On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Honoring "Drum Majors for Service,"by Joshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
- Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Service, by Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council