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With Hearts Full of Grace, Penn Charter Students Spend a Day Serving Others Stella Singer, a 3rd grader from Chestnut Hill, was one of several dozen students and parents who worked on the multi-step process to cut designs that they then printed as colorful notecards to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  At William Penn Charter School, teachers, students and parents gathered to do good, to engage the community in service, and to honor the message and tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Projects ranged from an art project to benefit Haiti to a basketball tournament for area teens.

Dr Martin Luther King said, “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve.” And Coretta Scott King later said, “The greatest gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.” This was proven over and over again on the MLK Day of Service when more than 200 Norwood-Fontbonne Academy students, families, and staff gathered in the Commons Building.  This was the 12th annual day of service at the school, and this year there was a new activity – almost 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were made to be distributed to the homeless men at St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia.  Additionally, another 700 individual health/hygiene bags were assembled and these were also delivered to St. John’s.  They contained personal items such as tissues, toothpaste/toothbrush, shampoo, soap, and hand sanitizer.  NFA has a long-standing relationship with St John’s and twice annually, NFA students help feed more than 300 homeless men during the lunch hour.

Students from Oak Lane Day School in Blue Bell joined residents at the Evergreen Adult Day Program in Wyndmoor for a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Oak Lane students spent the afternoon making flower vases and playing bingo. Pictured are (above) Evergreen resident Audrey Bush and second grader Julian Whelan, of Mt. Airy and (below) fourth grader Jack Ryan, of Mt. Airy, and resident Emma Battle. (Photos by Jennifer Katz).

Germantown Friends School students Schuyler Alig and Riley Brummett of Chestnut Hill, members of the GFS Middle School Community Action group, helped to organize 26 projects on and off campus for the 15th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service at GFS.  Middle School students registered more than 400 participants from GFS, Westtown School, and neighborhood organizations, leading to the largest turnout at GFS to celebrate the life of Dr. King.


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