Toolkits & Resources



Jonathan Daniels Birthday Quest

Surry Village Charter school students using gps to map out the quest

Submitted by Organizational Champion, The City of Keene’s Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee


Organizational Champion, City of Keene’s Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee is planning a Jonathan Daniels Walk to celebrate Jonathan’s birthday! Students at Surry Village Charter School are developing a quest for the day to engage families with the story of Jonathan Daniels who was born on March 20th, 1939.

On Saturday, March 23rd between 10 AM and 12 noon, participants will walk in the footsteps of Jonathan Daniels. They will follow clues leading through the neighborhood where Jonathan lived, played and attended school. Returning to the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall, participants will learn more about Jonathan’s life and will consider signing up for a “Commitment to Serve” pledge card to help make the world a better place in honor of Jonathan Daniels. Displays from other organizations, music from Jonathan Daniels’ and the Civil Rights era, and healthy snacks will also be featured at Heberton Hall!

Vision 2020 is partnering with the Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee to promote this community activity because it highlights one of our 5 Target Areas for improving health: Social Capital. Social Capital focuses on strengthening the accumulated interconnection, goodwill, and collective trust among members of our neighborhoods and communities. Indicators of improved social capital include civic participation, volunteer activities, and interacting with family and friends in the community environment. The walk also promotes wellness through physical activity in support of our goal of becoming the healthiest community in the nation by 2020.

For more information on this event, please contact Champion, Nancy Ancharski.