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Literacy Project AmeriCorps Members Take Part in 2102 MLK Day of Service

Matthew Carpenter visits the Humane Society
Shelly Seymore and children volunteer at Help & HopeMartin Luther King once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” AmeriCorps members from the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project participated in the 26th annual Martin Luther King National Day of Service, an opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. King. The National Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, and other national service initiatives. Day Of Service, billed as “A Day on, Not a Day Off,” inspires volunteer projects in communities across the United States.

AmeriCorps member Shelly Seymore and her eight-year-old twins, Erin and Ian, helped sort canned goods at Batesville's Help and Hope, an Arkansas Foodbank site. AmeriCorps member Matthew Carpenter made new four-legged friends at the Humane Society of Independence County. “Shelly and Matthew are serving their community at a time when many have a pressing need for support from their neighbors,” said Literacy Project director Nicole Stroud. “Their enthusiasm for teaching others through the Literacy Project is admirable, and their willingness to contribute to other organizations on this Day of Service further demonstrates what an asset they are to the community.”

Seymore and Carpenter tutor adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English with the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. The Literacy Project serves Independence, Sharp and Fulton Counties. For more information about the Literacy Project, visit or call (870) 793-5912. For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit