Tom Wolf volunteers for MLK Day of Service

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor-elect Tom Wolf, his wife Frances and one of their two daughters acknowledged Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy Monday during an annual “Day of Service” in Harrisburg.

The family spent part of the morning at Downey Elementary School, painting walls, sorting library books and completing various other projects with volunteer students from Messiah College.

Wolf spoke to the media about several topics, including the importance of celebrating diversity. He pointed to his own cabinet as an example of creating a job atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

“I think Dr. King’s birthday celebration is a time to reflect on that truth,” Wolf said. “It’s the right thing to do — to be inclusive, to worship diversity. But it’s also smart.”

“I think the fact that (Wolf) made this a priority today shows that he’s going to be looking out for our smaller communities and really important things that are easy things everyone can do and that he’s going to exhibit that kind of leadership himself,” Senator Rob Teplitz said. “It’s very symbolic that we start his administration off the day before he officially gets sworn in is at a school.”

Wolf will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor at noon Tuesday in front of the Capitol in downtown Harrisburg.

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