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MEDIA ADVISORY: On MLK Day, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to Share Message of Peace with DC-Area School Children

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 17, 2014 – On Monday, Jan. 20, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join Americans across the country in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service. Hessler-Radelet will visit grade school children from Washington, D.C.’s Sursum Corda neighborhood organized by Little Friends for Peace, a non-profit organization that teaches peace skills to children and adults who work with children to counter the culture of violence.

During her visit, Hessler-Radelet will talk about Dr. King’s legacy and Peace Corps’ commitment to peace, friendship and service, and join the children in activities like mural painting, dancing, drumming and reading. Student volunteers from The George Washington University, American University, and Dr. Jim Goldgeier, Dean of American University’s School of International Service, will also attend. 

Little Friends for Peace was founded in 1981 by returned Peace Corps volunteer Jerry Park (India, 1966-69) and his wife, MJ. Together they are parents of six with 30 years of experience leading programs for children and adults. In 2008, the couple was honored as Pax Christi’s Peace Educators of the Year in recognition of their peace education work across diverse settings and mediums.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Obama's national call to service initiative, and encourages Americans of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, Peace Corps volunteers have heeded the call to serve both abroad and in their communities here at home. Peace Corps staff will participate in service activities throughout the week.

WHAT:               MLK Day of Service event
WHO:                 Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet,
                          Little Friends for Peace and D.C.-area school children
WHEN:              1:30 p.m., Monday January 20, 2014

WHERE:            Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
                          206 New York Avenue NW 
                          Washington, D.C.

                          Note: Free parking is located behind the church 

RSVP:  Media interested in attending this event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

About the Peace CorpsAs the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.  

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