United Way and Greenville County Schools partner for middle school Martin Luther King curriculum

Students at Berea Middle, Tanglewood Middle, Lakeview Middle and Greenville Early College celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the week of January 14–18 with tangible lessons on community, volunteerism and advocacy inspired by the personal work and beliefs of the late civil rights leader.

Using new curriculum developed in partnership between United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Schools, students studied personal quotes, news articles, video clips and books to go beyond the textbook facts of King’s life and build a greater understanding of his core beliefs.

Students explored their own passions and talents, and learned how to use them actively to make an impact in their communities, which could be their class, school, church, team, club, neighborhood, city, state or nation.

The four participating schools were selected through their involvement in United Way of Greenville County’s OnTrack Greenville community initiative. The new curriculum also connected students to the work, philosophy, agencies and resources of United Way of Greenville County and the importance of local philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy.

Students culminated the project with an MLK celebration and community service project with OnTrack Greenville partner, Communities in Schools.