Young children at Camp Curtin School on Monday honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by coloring "cards of hope" for sick children, while a ceremony full of song honored the civil rights leader who inspired generations carry on his dream of peace, equality and helping others.
Dr. Robert Scott was one of three civil rights leaders honored during the ceremony.
"Listening to these young students today and feeling their soul and their energy made me feel good today," Scott said.
Scott once took part in a lunch counter demonstration. Homer Floyd investigated civil rights complaints. Ester Edwards marched alongside Dr. King.
"We've had many people who paid the price to make things better," Edwards said. "A classic example is Dr. King."
Journalism students from Lurgin High School in Northern Ireland were making a documentary about the Martin Luther King Day of Service as their classmates watched a live video feed.
"Martin Luther King Jr. actually had a big influence on politics in Northern Ireland because John Hume was very inspired as a young man by Dr. King," teacher Marina Moorehead said.
Governor Tom Corbett was the keynote speaker.
"As you set out on your community service, you are going to see the world that is shaped by a man now living in the shadow of the world of the past Martin Luther King," Corbett told the group.
Hundreds set out to make their neighborhoods a better place. Many volunteers, like Jeannetta Politis, spent the day making much-needed repairs to the historic Broad Street Market.
"Everyone working together as a community, as a group, and really pitching in and helping out," Politis said. "I would think he would think this is one of his dreams come true."