Rosedale will RISE to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rosedale Development Association organizes RISE event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Kansas City, Kansas: January 8, 2013– This year, Rosedale Development Association (RDA) is taking the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the elementary schools through the newly created RISE program (Reading Intergenerational Stories to Empower). RISE is a literacy program that will bring community volunteers into Rosedale elementary schools to read and discuss stories about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

“We are excited to share Dr. King’s legacy and dream with the students of Rosedale, and especially excited to bring community members into the schools to share that vision,” said Heidi Holliday, executive Director of Rosedale Development Association. January 21 is not just a day off from school; it is a commemoration and celebration of Dr. King’s philosophy of equality and service. This year, supported by a grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission, RDA will take the message into Rosedale elementary schools the week of January 14 – 18 in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. RISE gives Rosedale community members and friends an opportunity to serve by sharing the memory of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement with younger generations, continuing the legacy of Dr. King through volunteerism.

RDA will provide training for volunteers on Thursday, January 10th at Rosedale Congregational Church from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dr. Cynthia Lane, KCKPS Superintendent of Schools will speak about the importance of education and literacy. Dr. Valdenia Winn, professor at Kansas City Kansas Community College and member of the Kansas House of Representatives, and Mr. Chester Owens, Jr., a participant in the Civil Rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award winner, will give a presentation about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Community volunteers will visit classrooms to read stories and lead discussions at Frank Rushton Elementary School, Noble Prentis Elementary School, T.A. Edison Elementary School and Holy Name Catholic School during the week of January 14-18.

For additional information on RISE, contact Heidi Holliday, executive director of the Rosedale Development Association. Contact: Rosedale Development Association Heidi Holliday, 913-677-5097 (office)


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