Shelby County Schools (SCS) is encouraging engagement in our 'Days of Service' initiative, January 17-21, 2022, dedicated to volunteer service projects in honor of the legacy demonstrated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As SCS reimagines education, schools and communities, the District is committed to highlighting the importance of giving back to their surrounding neighborhoods. With this effort, students learn through active participation in meaningful and planned community projects that emphasizes the connections between service experiences and academic learning.

During the week of January 17, students will be given the opportunity to join community service projects around Memphis/Shelby County. This initiative promotes "agents of change" where students will have the opportunity to serve and engage in activities that leave a lasting impact.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, individual schools will provide information on various weeklong projects happening in their school communities.



Monday, January 17: The National Civil Rights Museum will present King Day: An All-Day Hybrid Celebration, with free admission to the museum from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is at limited capacity to uphold health and safety protocols. Guests must reserve museum passes online. Our very own Voice of SCS (88.5FM) will be broadcasting live all day, interviewing special guests and attendees.

How to be of Service:

  • Guests can donate canned goods to help fill the Mid-South Food Bank and feed the growing number of hungry families in our communities.
  • Eligible participants who donate blood to Vitalant's blood drive will help with a critical blood shortage. (Anyone donating blood receives a free museum admission pass for up to four people any day in 2022).


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Saturday-Monday: Volunteer Memphis is calling on all advocates of the Mid-South to Care Like King. The MLK Days of Service program empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community.

How to be of Service:

Various service projects and how to register can be found here.