BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Over 100 volunteers took to the walls of Demarest Elementary School and Bloomfield Middle School to spread the messages of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of murals. 

The volunteers painted painted images and quotes in highly visible areas of Demarest elementary. Affirming statements by Dr. King were painted in the locker rooms in the middle school.

The volunteers were joined by Bloomfield leaders including Council members Nina Davis, Nick Joanow, Jenny Mundell, Ted Gamble, and Sara Cruz. Essex County Freeholder Carlos Pomares and Board of Education member Jessica Salinas picked up paint brushes to help today. Bloomfield Recreation board member Luis Felix also lent a hand. 

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The volunteer opportunities taking place at Demarest and Bloomfield Middle School are a great way for residents to engage with the community. Most importantly, it tells our students that we rooting for their success,” said Councilwoman Dr. Wartyna Davis, who started Bloomfield’s Day of Service initiative in 2014.

The MLK Day of Service Committee is a (501c3) non-profit that has helped collect food and clothing for drives that took place last month, and will continue to collect supplies for Bloomfield-area shelters and community aid organizations.

For ways to make a difference in the Bloomfield community during the six-week Season of Giving and MLK Day of Service, please visit, the Facebook event page, or e-mail Councilwoman Dr. Davis at All donations to the MLK Day of Service Committee are tax deductible and can be made in honor of a family member or friend.

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