Day of service honors MLK
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Tim Graham, a Moab resident and retired insect ecologist, sorts locally caught pollinators while Piper Lowe observes his work during activities at the MARC. Photo by Carter Pape
Tim Graham, a Moab resident and retired insect ecologist, sorts locally caught pollinators while Piper Lowe observes his work during activities at the MARC. Photo by Carter Pape
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Moabites celebrated a Day of Service Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was sponsored by the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center and Americorps VISTA volunteers as part of the third annual Coffee with the King celebration. The event also included cleaning up a new Community Rebuilds building, and working with Canyonlands Field Institute students.

The project began in 2016 after Madison Johnson, at the time a Grand County High School student, and other students lobbied the school district to recognize Martin Luther King Day – either by taking the day off in honor of the famed civil rights icon or through offering more King-specific activities on that day.

At the MARC, a number of people sorted bugs caught in insect traps around Grand County, part of an ongoing effort to track the ecological health of the local environment. In the related photo, Piper Lowe was momentarily convinced that she was supposed to eat the bugs for lunch, but she later enjoyed her plain croissant instead.


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