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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Wellington

Since 1994 the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday has been a national day of service. On Jan. 16, Wellington will be having its first Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, an opportunity for residents to give back to their community and earn volunteer service hours.

All projects will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington.

Teens and adults are urged to sign up to volunteer to beautify Village Park, assisting with various landscaping and clean-up efforts. Volunteers should be 14 or older to participate and must wear appropriate outdoor attire - including sneakers. Wellington encourages those seeking community service hours to take part in this event.

In addition, families with younger children who wish to give back can volunteer to assist Hugs and Kisses, a local nonprofit organization that transforms old buttons into unique bracelets to raise money for cancer patients with financial needs. Volunteers can assist with cleaning, sorting and preparing the buttons to be made into jewelry.

To volunteer call volunteer coordinator Kim Henghold at 561-791-4137 or by email at khenghold@wellingtonfl.gov.

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Although not a native Floridian, Wellington/Royal Palm Beach Forum reporter Nadia Sorocka has called Florida her home for most of her life. She went to school in Palm Beach County graduating from John I. Leonard High School and Palm Beach State College. After receiving her Associate of Art degree she attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Communications in 2004.

Nadia was able to combine her two passions - education and journalism - when she became a staff writer for Forum Publishing Group. Her column, Class Notes, allowed her to voice concerns with the education system as well as highlight positive aspects.

In February 2011 she became the reporter for the Wellington and Royal Palm Forums. She enjoys getting to know the people who call the western communities their home.

She may reached at nxsorocka@tribune.com or 561-351-6112.

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