* Username: Angel_of_Death1665
* Title of Story: Dolly
* Story: In high school I had the chance to volunteer to help out with the special needs kids at my school, for a great deal of the school year I helped out in their classroom with whatever they were doing. What really stuck with me was how much affection and love so of those kids have to share that others can't see because they're different. My favorite memory though was the special Olympics day, I was a cheer coach to a girl named Amanda and we had a great day and then she gave me a special moments doll, I was so touched and it meant the world to me. I still have the doll to this day. 3nodding
* Good Upbringing is a Good Start
* Every MLKJ day when I was growing up, of course, my family celebrated with a barbecue and some insights about how negative things, whether racism, discrimination, or just plain thoughtfulness would hurt people and ruin their lives. When I was in high school, I developed a tradition of always watching the famous "I Have a Dream" speech. I also got friends invovled, and we talked about it.
Now, in college, I maintain those MLKJ day traditions. They have helped me to remember to do what I can to help my fellow man and to stand up for the wrongly persecuted. One of my favorite things about my old school, Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana, is that they introduced me to "A Day On, Not a Day Off". They send participating students all around the community on MLKJ day to volunteer.
My first experience was painting at the Salvation Army. It was a blast, and I met so many cool people. I have also done "Meals on Wheels", and this year, I kicked off volunteering at my library's bookstore.
I hope everyone can have experiences like this so that they remember that there are other people out there and that they "have feelings, too." Thanks for putting on the contest to remind us and help us share and be encouraged!!