Following a 30-year tradition, students from all four schools in the Malverne School District will participate in a celebration on Jan. 15 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration will feature two honorees who will be bestowed with the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. This year’s honorees are community leader Danielle Hopkins and Maurice W. Downing Primary School social worker Jamie Carter-Jorif.

A member of the Malverne Board of Education for the past 10 years, Danielle Hopkins currently serves as its first vice president. In 2010, she was honored as Nurturer of the Community by the National Council of Negro Women’s Nassau County Section, and more recently, she received the New York State School Boards Association School Board U Board Excellence Award. She has been continually honored for her vested interest in and dedication to the students and community of Malverne. Ms. Hopkins has been a resident of Lakeview her entire life. She is married and has four children who attended the district.

Jamie Carter-Jorif has been a social worker for the Malverne School District since 1999, and during this time, her service to the youngest of our children has been steadfast. She organizes several programs, including the Bereavement Club and Peacemakers, and has been the nurturing heart for many of our youngest students faced with life issues. She holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. She and her husband have three children.

The districtwide MLK Celebration will take place on Friday, Jan. 15, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Howard T. Herber Middle School auditorium and will feature performances from each of the schools. The entire community is welcomed and encouraged to attend.