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Heroes: the MLK's Preschool Graduating Class of '21, MLK Families, & MLK Staff ⭐️

Updated: Jul 3



Yesterday, we held an online graduation ceremony for 12 students who will move on from the MLK Community Center's Preschool and head off to Kindergarten in the fall. Some favorite moments included:

  • The children reciting their daily affirmations: "I am Smart." "I am Strong." "I am Loved."

  • The awe-struck faces of students in the 3 to 4-year-old classroom watching the "big kids" graduate.

  • Seeing the waves, smiles, and tears of over 30 family members on Zoom.

  • The wee stuffed puppet friend "José," with his own graduation cap, sitting at far right with the graduates. (José the puppet has been a constant presence during the children's day: he helps teach good hygiene habits and promotes the children’s social and emotional development.)

Each student received an "Off to Kindergarten" book of their own and took home a portfolio of their work. Lead Preschool teacher Miss Valencia selected Mariah Carey’s "Hero" to play as the students concluded their ceremony "because our students have been heroes," she said, navigating an uncertain school year with strength and grace. While this is absolutely true, we could say the very same thing about our incredible Education staff, too. Congratulations, students, parents, and teachers for all that you've accomplished!


On Wednesday, we held our first Live from the [Loading] Dock outdoor concert, sponsored by Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. For anyone that missed it, we're happy to report that the evening was a success! Yacouba Diabate played the traditional West African kora, a stringed instrument that he constructed himself, while volunteers cooked up hot dogs and hamburgers for all to enjoy. Click here to check out a clip from the performance.

WATCH: Yacouba Diabate on the kora at Wednesday's event.

Our next Live from the [Loading] Dock performance is right around the corner, on Wednesday, July 14th from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. The Robertico Arias Percussion Ensemble will be performing, and dinner will be served (menu TBD). Arias, a Dominican Republic native, is a talented musician and master percussionist. This event is made possible through the generosity of event sponsors Caleb & Broad and Point Wine & Spirits.


Does anything else beat the simple, childlike joy of getting your favorite frozen treat when the ice cream truck comes around?

Our friends at BedJet and the Aramli Foundation brought that magic to the MLK's Education students this week. They arranged for the ice cream truck to visit the MLK, and covered the cost so that MLK After School students, Preschool students, MLK staff, and even some kids in the neighborhood who came running at the sight of the ice cream truck could enjoy summertime treats. We are ever grateful for kind and thoughtful sponsorship from BedJet and the Aramli Foundation.


Roam Around, Newport Restoration Foundation's reoccurring after-hours event in which all are invited to explore the house and grounds of the Rough Point Museum, returns this summer on the last Saturday of every month! Their first event is tomorrow, Saturday, June 26th from 5 pm - 7 pm. Newport County residents receive FREE admission, and free transportation is also available at designated pick-up locations (with advanced registration). Pickup locations include the MLK Community Center, Florence Gray Center, and Donovan Manor. For more information or to register for the shuttle service, contact


Thanks to the generosity of Mobile Food Pantry sponsors, the MLK's Mobile Food Pantry brings non-perishable food, fresh fruits & veggies, milk, meat, eggs, personal care and household cleaning items into Newport County communities where transportation is often a barrier.

This past Thursday, June 24th's Mobile Food Pantry, serving Bayside Village Apartments in Newport, was sponsored by KindWorks, a division of RightWorks Inc. KindWorks has generously agreed to sponsor one Mobile Food Pantry every month for a year – incredible generosity that will uplift thousands over the course of the year.

Pictured: Lawn signs on-site at Bayside Village Apartments in Newport announce KindWorks’ sponsorship ahead of Thursday’s Mobile Food Pantry.

KindWorks, a division of RightWorks Inc., aims to improve the lives of vulnerable demographics through monetary donations, fundraising, and volunteering. RightWorks connects the right people to the right jobs by consistently delivering a superior staffing experience, for both their client partners and job seekers. For more information on RightWorks, visit:

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We're in need of low-sodium foods

This month's "Food Pantry Feature" is low-sodium foods. We know: this is a pretty broad category of foods, but the demand in our pantry is great.

Have you been there? Your doctor reviews your lab report and tells you to reduce your salt intake ... immediately. For many of us, lifestyle changes like this are challenging enough on their own. But combatting food insecurity on top of that? What would you do if access to low sodium foods wasn't possible?

That's where the MLK comes in. Low-sodium foods are among our most-requested items. Many seniors in our Food 2 Friends program follow a sodium-restricted diet, as well as so many others that we see at our Mobile Food Pantries and on-site food pantry. For those who have or are at risk of kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, or simply anyone trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, low sodium foods are essential.

Are you able to donate some low sodium foods throughout the remainder of the month? We need items like: low sodium soups, canned beans, canned vegetables, diced tomatoes, etc. You can also look for low sodium packaged rice & stovetop pasta dishes, low sodium spice mixes... really anything that says "Low Sodium" or "No Salt" on the packaging! We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Thank you!

When you give, the MLK can keep helping. Click here to donate.

HERE TO HELP View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events Volunteers wanted! The MLK is currently seeking Volunteer Cooks to prepare meals for our Breakfast program. You don't have to be a morning person either, you can meal prep in advance! If you're interested in volunteering with us, please fill out an online volunteer application. Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, and Sabores Latinos online! With this system, you can conveniently register, reschedule, and cancel appointments at your convenience. We suggest you make an account for easy account management (after you sign up for your first class, it will prompt you). If you aren't able to register online, you are always able to contact Mel via email or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828. Facebook Groups: We've recently opened two private Facebook groups: one group for Parents & Families of MLK Students, and one group for MLK Community Center Volunteers. Please join the conversation!

  • Grab & Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

  • Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesday evenings from 4 pm to 6 pm; first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm

  • Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors. Contact Ed for more info

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to communities throughout Newport County. Schedule

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • Produce to the People @ the MLK (formerly Veggie Days): weekly vegetable distribution at the MLK Center, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

  • Produce to the People @ Newport Heights: The Center's weekly free vegetable distribution is hitting the road for the summer! Beginning June 1st, every Tuesday throughout the summer from 10 am - 1 pm (or while supplies last), get free, local produce for you and your family. Located behind the Florence Gray Center in Newport (on W. Evans St, between Girard Ave and John H. Chafee)

  • Grab & Go Lunch: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Sponsored by Blount Fine Foods. Free! Menu TBD.

  • Live from the [Loading] Dock, Summer Concert Series: This summer, bring a blanket/lawn chair to the Center's front lawn on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for upbeat music from diverse musicians and a meal. On Wednesday, July 14th at 4:30 pm, enjoy the sounds of the Robertico Arias Percussion Ensemble. Arias, a Dominican Republic native, is a talented musician and master percussionist. This event made possible thanks to the generosity of event sponsors Caleb & Broad and Point Wine & Spirits.

  • Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & scholarships available. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117.

  • After School program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209

  • Summer Adventure Camp: Offered June 28 - August 20, 2021 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm for registered campers. Rising 1st through 5th graders eligible. Campers enjoy daily field trips around Aquidneck Island, and make & maintain academic strides in math, literacy, science, & more through daily lesson plans. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209.

  • SafeSitter Babysitting Safety Course: This free class, presented by LifeSpan, will introduce aspiring babysitters ages 11-14 to essential babysitting safety guidelines, including first aid, CPR, sitter safety, and more. Wednesday, July 14th, 8:45 am - 2:30 pm. Space is limited & classes book fast, so reserve your child's spot ASAP: Jeanette Nessett, LifeSpan: email or call (401) 444-8088.

  • NEW: LEAD - Peer Group for LGBTQQ+ Youth: Beginning July 7th and continuing on Wednesdays at 3 pm, LGBTQQ+ youth are invited to join the LEAD Youth Peer Group at the MLK (L.E.A.D. = Love, Equity, Acceptance, and Dreams). No RSVP necessary. Please contact Mirasia at the Center with any questions: via email or call (401) 846-4828 x201.

  • Yoga Class: Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and Friday morning at 8 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome! RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday at 8:30 am, this full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength of participants in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment. All skill-levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • *NEW DAY & TIME: Zumba Fitness Class: Every Monday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Free, Safe, and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 - 2 pm. The next dates are July 1st and July 15th.This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center's Edward St entrance, where someone from APRI will meet you at your appointment time. To make an appointment: Call or email APRI: (401) 831-5522

  • NEW: Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and Chef Carmen for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's first cooking class offered completely en Español. Yoli will teach recipes from around the Latin world, while Chef Carmen of Sprout & Lentil will teach plant-based recipes & nutrition. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. Classes will alternate between traditional (taught by Yoli) & plant-based (taught by Chef Carmen). Spanish speakers are invited to attend & RSVP online or via email or call (401) 846-4828.

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. Participants explore healthy, low-cost recipes using ingredients commonly found in the food pantry. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.

  • Lunch & Learn, the MLK's lunchtime meal and lecture series for older adults, will return to the MLK for a recurring schedule starting in May. Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12 pm. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *NEW TIME: Stay tuned: Lunch & Learn will switch to Wednesdays beginning in August

  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in partnership with the MLK Community Center, puts books into the hands and hearts of children all across Newport County. They partner with local communities to mail a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five, completely free of cost & regardless of family income. Registration & more info

  • Food Pantry Donations: We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please ring the bell upon arrival. A list of our current needs available here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (401) 846-4828

No temenos la capacidad de traducir cada entrada del blog a español porque usamos una herramienta de traducción en el internet. Por favor, disculpe cualquier error gramática. Por favor, llame al Centro si tiene alguna pregunta.

Héroes: la clase de graduación de preescolar del '21 de MLK, las familias de MLK y el personal de MLK ⭐️


Viernes, 25 de junio de 2021


Ayer, realizamos una ceremonia de graduación en línea para 12 estudiantes que pasarán del preescolar del Centro Comunitario MLK y se dirigirán al jardín de infantes en el otoño. Algunos momentos favoritos incluyeron:

Los niños recitan sus afirmaciones diarias: "Soy inteligente". "Soy fuerte." "Soy amado."

Los rostros asombrados de los estudiantes en el aula de niños de 3 a 4 años viendo graduarse a los "niños grandes".

Ver las olas, las sonrisas y las lágrimas de más de 30 miembros de la familia en Zoom.

El pequeño amigo títere de peluche "José", con su propia gorra de graduación, sentado en el extremo derecho con los graduados. (José el títere ha sido una presencia constante durante la jornada de los niños: ayuda a enseñar buenos hábitos de higiene y promueve el desarrollo social y emocional de los niños).

Cada estudiante recibió su propio libro "Off to Kindergarten" y se llevó a casa un portafolio de su trabajo. La maestra principal de preescolar, la señorita Valencia, seleccionó al "Héroe" de Mariah Carey para jugar cuando los estudiantes concluyeron su ceremonia "porque nuestros estudiantes han sido héroes", dijo, navegando por un año escolar incierto con fuerza y gracia. Si bien esto es absolutamente cierto, también podríamos decir lo mismo sobre nuestro increíble personal de Educación. ¡Felicitaciones, estudiantes, padres y maestros por todo lo que han logrado!


El miércoles, celebramos nuestro primer concierto al aire libre Live from the [Loading] Dock, patrocinado por Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. Para cualquiera que se lo haya perdido, ¡nos complace informarle que la noche fue un éxito! Yacouba Diabate tocó la kora tradicional de África Occidental, un instrumento de cuerda que él mismo construyó, mientras los voluntarios cocinaban perritos calientes y hamburguesas para que todos disfrutaran. Click here para ver un clip de la actuación.

WATCH: Yacouba Diabate en la kora en el evento del miércoles.

Nuestra próxima actuación en directo desde el muelle [Loading] está a la vuelta de la esquina, en Wednesday, July 14th from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. Se presentará el Conjunto de Percusión Robertico Arias y se servirá la cena (menú por determinar). Arias, nativo de la República Dominicana, es un talentoso músico y maestro percusionista. Este evento es posible gracias a la generosidad de los patrocinadores del evento. Caleb & Broad y Point Wine & Spirits.



¿Hay algo más que la simple e infantil alegría de conseguir tu helado favorito cuando llega el camión de helados?

Nuestras amigas en BedJet y la Fundación Aramli trajo esa magia a los estudiantes de Educación de MLK esta semana. Hicieron arreglos para que el camión de helados visitara MLK y cubrieron el costo para que los estudiantes de MLK After School, los estudiantes de preescolar, el personal de MLK e incluso algunos niños del vecindario que vinieron corriendo al ver el camión de helados pudieran disfrutar del verano. golosinas. Siempre estamos agradecidos por el amable y atento patrocinio de BedJet y la Fundación Aramli.


Roam Around, El evento recurrente fuera del horario laboral de Newport Restoration Foundation en el que todos están invitados a explorar la casa y los terrenos del Museo Rough Point, regresa este verano el último sábado de cada mes. Su primer evento es mañana sábado 26 de junio de 5 pm a 7 pm. Los residentes del condado de Newport reciben entrada GRATUITA y el transporte gratuito también está disponible en los lugares de recogida designados (con registro avanzado). Los lugares de recogida incluyen el Centro Comunitario MLK, el Centro Florence Gray y Donovan Manor. Para obtener más información o para registrarse en el servicio de transporte, comuníquese con


Gracias a la generosidad de los patrocinadores de Mobile Food Pantry, la Mobile Food Pantry de MLK trae alimentos no perecederos, frutas y verduras frescas, leche, carne, huevos, artículos de cuidado personal y de limpieza del hogar a las comunidades del condado de Newport, donde el transporte suele ser una barrera.

El pasado jueves 24 de junio, Mobile Food Pantry, que presta servicios en Bayside Village Apartments en Newport, fue patrocinado por KindWorks, una división deRightWorks Inc. KindWorks ha aceptado generosamente patrocinar una despensa móvil de alimentos cada mes durante un año, una generosidad increíble que elevará a miles a lo largo del año.

En la imagen: los letreros de césped en el lugar en Bayside Village Apartments en Newport anuncian el patrocinio de KindWorks antes de la despensa móvil de alimentos del jueves.

KindWorks, una división de RightWorks Inc., tiene como objetivo mejorar la vida de los grupos demográficos vulnerables a través de donaciones monetarias, recaudación de fondos y voluntariado. RightWorks conecta a las personas adecuadas con los trabajos adecuados al brindar de manera constante una experiencia de personal superior, tanto para sus socios clientes como para quienes buscan trabajo. Para obtener más información sobre RightWorks, visite:

FUNCIÓN DE LA DESPENSA DE ALIMENTOS: Necesitamos alimentos bajos en sodio

La "función de despensa de alimentos" de este mes son los alimentos bajos en sodio. Lo sabemos: esta es una categoría bastante amplia de alimentos, pero la demanda en nuestra despensa es grande.

¿Has estado allí? Su médico revisa su informe de laboratorio y le dice que reduzca su consumo de sal ... inmediatamente. Para muchos de nosotros, los cambios de estilo de vida como este son lo suficientemente desafiantes por sí solos. ¿Pero combatir la inseguridad alimentaria además de eso? ¿Qué haría usted si el acceso a alimentos bajos en sodio no fuera posible?

Ahí es donde entra en juego el MLK. Los alimentos bajos en sodio se encuentran entre nuestros artículos más solicitados. Muchas personas mayores en nuestro programa Food 2 Friends siguen una dieta restringida en sodio, así como muchas otras que vemos en nuestras Despensas Móviles de Alimentos y en la despensa de alimentos en el lugar. Para aquellos que tienen o están en riesgo de tener una enfermedad renal, enfermedad cardíaca, presión arterial alta o simplemente cualquier persona que intente adoptar un estilo de vida más saludable, los alimentos bajos en sodio son esenciales.

¿Puede donar algunos alimentos bajos en sodio durante el resto del mes? Necesitamos productos como: sopas bajas en sodio, frijoles enlatados, verduras enlatadas, tomates cortados en cubitos, etc. También puede buscar platos de pasta de arroz y pasta para cocinar bajos en sodio, mezclas de especias bajas en sodio ... realmente cualquier cosa que diga "Bajo en sodio" o ¡"Sin sal" en el empaque! Aceptamos donaciones de alimentos no perecederos, productos frescos, limpieza del hogar y artículos de cuidado personal en nuestro muelle de carga de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a. M. A 5:00 p. M. ¡Gracias!