Students from WMU-Cooley Law School honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 20, by volunteering to spend time with foster children at Everyday Blessings in Lithia, Florida. This was the sixth year WMU-Cooley students volunteered to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday by providing activities for foster children during the law school’s Equal Access to Justice Day.
“This was a day I will never forget. We celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. and I am beyond thankful for this day, especially after today, because all of the children were treated so equally.” said Katerina Stavrakis, WMU-Cooley Student Tampa Bay campus Bar Association president. “After forming instant connections with these most beautiful kids, I realized that the place is called Everyday Blessings because the children are absolute blessings.”
WMU-Cooley Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services Tony Alvarado, works with leaders from the law school’s various student organizations to prepare for the annual Equal Access to Justice service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While at Everyday Blessings, the law students led activities, including having the children read portions of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and played games that helped the children learn about King and the importance of commemorating his civil rights efforts.
WMU-Cooley suspends classes on its Equal Access to Justice Day in observance of MLK Day. Students, faculty and staff devote the day to reflect and attend programs on the role of law and lawyers in protecting the rights of everyone and assuring equal access to justice.