2021 – 2022
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Advancing Education Access and Community Resilience on Aquidneck Island
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (MLK Center) has the mission to nourish, educate, and support Newport County residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being. This grant supports student scholarships and helps expand educational opportunities for the Early Childhood and After-School Academy childcare programs. MLK Center has recently added programs focused on movement and mindfulness, outdoor experiential learning, STEAM education, and environmental education in partnership with Audubon Society, Clean Ocean Access, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and other local NGOs.
Students enrolled in the Preschool and After School programs learn about and participate in composting collection through Black Earth Compost and gain educational opportunities to prepare them for lifelong academic success.
About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Founded in 1922 and renamed honoring Dr. King in 1968, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center nourishes, educates, and supports Newport County, Rhode Island residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being. MLK Center promotes community growth and sustainability through hunger prevention and nutrition, access to quality early childhood and extended learning education programs to support families, and provide broader community resources and wellness to lift children and adults from poverty.
Header image credit: MLK Center