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City of West Monroe announces plans for MLK Day of Service

The City of West Monroe has announced activities for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service scheduled for Monday, January 17. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. Americans are encouraged to volunteer to improve their communities. 

For the past quarter century, AmeriCorps has been charged with leading this effort. The City of West Monroe’s SEE West Monroe AmeriCorps team will be joining with the City of West Monroe on Monday, Jan. 17 to lead a service project for local elementary students. 

City of West Monroe officials and the SEE West Monroe AmeriCorps team will be assembling literacy kits to be used by elementary students at Riverbend Elementary. Thanks to the generous donation of Atmos Energy and in partnership with the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, the West Monroe Community Center has gathered materials to pack over 100 literacy kits that will be distributed to students at Riverbend Elementary including books, pencils, notepads and bookmarks. 

The kits will be distributed to students sometime next week, and community volunteers will read aloud to Riverbend students, all in an effort to encourage a love of reading and bolster literacy. 

The public will have an opportunity to participate in a community service project on Saturday, Jan. 22 in a Team Up 2 Cleanup Event hosted by Keep West Monroe Beautiful and Ouachita Green. A community cleanup will take place in the neighborhoods surrounding West Monroe High School on January 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. To register, please visit 

“I encourage our citizens to take time to volunteer on this national day of service and throughout the year,” said West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell. “Dr. King truly believed that dedicating his life to others would make our world a better place. I challenge our citizens to do the same thing and find ways to dedicate their lives to making our community a better place for all generations.”

City of West Monroe offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including the West Monroe Recycling Center. Residential garbage service will continue to operate on Monday, Jan. 17. Residents are asked to please be sure to allow access on Monday for their garbage cans to be pulled to the curb for disposal. Kiroli Park will remain open to the public on Monday, Jan. 17. All other City offices will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 8 a.m.

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