For some in Phoenix area, MLK holiday is a ‘day on’ of community service, not a ‘day off’

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AZ Central

January 14, 2024

Tamara McLeod, a sports medicine professor, and her daughter, Kalyn McLeod, a Phoenix high school student, have Monday off in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

While some Arizonans may spend the holiday on the ski slopes or at the shopping mall, the McLeods will be volunteering at the Arizona Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in central Phoenix, the largest MLK event in the state.

The McLeods will help to staff a booth as part of a monthlong drive to collect books to be distributed to children from low-income families.

“Reading and volunteering are two things I’m really passionate about, and so this is just being able to combine two of my passions with a very special day,” said Kalyn McLeod, 16, a junior at Horizon Honors Secondary School, a charter school in the Ahwatukee Foothills area of Phoenix.

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