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Americans take part in National Day of Service

Posted at: 01/19/2013 6:41 PM
Updated at: 01/19/2013 7:23 PM

People from all across the country came out on Saturday to serve their neighbors and their community as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

The President and First Lady volunteered Saturday morning at Burrville Elementary School in Washington D.C. where they stained a bookshelf.

President Obama started the National Day of Service back in 2009 to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday Obama talked to about 500 volunteers at the school about the importance of giving back to others.

"I want to say thank you to the parents for showing early on to our young people how gratifying and how fulfilling this is. This is really what America is about. This is what we celebrate,” he said.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife also participated by preparing 100,000 care packages for troops overseas, wounded warriors, and veterans and first responders.

The Vice President told volunteers he was inspired as a young man by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here in Rochester the Garth Fagan Dance School offered free dance classes to anyone who wanted them regardless of their experience.

News10NBC spoke with the Garth Fagan Dance School director Natalie Rogers on Saturday. She talked about the connection of giving back to the community and honoring Dr. King's legacy.

“What Dr. King did affected the entire world so profoundly it solicited change everywhere. So it's a very important thing to learn, but also have it in the arts. I think that really is the clincher because it's something that people can feel and express themselves using dance and always remember why they're here to do that,” said Rogers.

On Saturday the Wilson Commencement Academy in Rochester also let students spend some time helping out with a clothes drive for kids in need.