PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Instead of relaxing at home on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, many gave back in the form of service activities around town.

About 300 parents, teachers, faculty and students with Shady Side Academy worked on service projects at seven different locations today.

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The Junior Academy in Point Breeze hosted around 100 volunteers that first learned about Dr. King then decorated bags to be filled with toiletries that would be given to those in need at the East End Cooperative Shelter.

“For the MLK Day of Service, it’s important for the kids to know why we are doing this today and what Dr. King’s legacy is,” said David Shottiner of Shady Side Academy.

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Other volunteers helped out at the Braddock Carnegie Library, completing renovation work and cataloging books and DVDs.

This is the second year Shady Side Academy has held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The event has considerably grown over the course of one year. Last year, 200 volunteers participated at three locations.

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