Dara Fontenot, a Southside Elementary student who serves as her 4-H club’s reporter, attended a Samaritan’s Feet Event in Baton Rouge in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15.
The event was held at the YMCA and was sponsored by Aramark and Walmart.
Samaritan’s Feet provides the opportunity for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to join together, symbolizing a unified effort of becoming the “Beloved Community” of which Dr. King dreamed.
During the event, volunteers shared words of hope and encouragement while providing new shoes and socks to children in the community. There were many different areas to serve at this event, including feet washing, the shoe room, and water replenishment.
Southside Elementary’s 4-H leaders empower their students to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. As a part of Dara Fontenot’s 4-H community service project, she registered to volunteer at this National Day of Service Event and invited three of her friends from the Baton Rouge area.
Dara said that every time she sat across from a child, she was not only able to their physical needs with a pair of shoes and socks, but she was also able to spend quality time with them, asking about their dreams and their lives.
She plans to push for an event like this to be held in Livingston Parish next year.