More than 300 students, family members and staff dedicated a few hours of their time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King for the 25th annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service at the high school. Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Tolliver kicked off the event with reflections about Dr. King and why it’s important to remember his legacy. With assistance from numerous parent and Greek-letter organizations, students got to work, assembling care packages of all sorts for those less fortunate.
Cheltenham Elementary made 80 no-sew blankets for Stenton Family Manor, a homeless shelter in West Oak Lane.
Wyncote Elementary packed 44 Super Bowl Chili bags for the Inter-faith Housing Alliance Food Cupboard, which provides food for low-income residents of Montgomery County in order to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition.
Glenside Elementary created about 200 craft bags for youngsters at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and children with families seeking help through the People’s Emergency Center.
Myers Elementary assembled 73 toiletry bags, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, washcloths, deodorant, socks and razors and shaving cream. Half of the bags were designated for women and included feminine products.
Elkins Park made 80 breakfast bags to distribute to the homeless in Philadelphia through the Philadelphia-based program “Meals on Heels.”
Cededbrook students prepared 400 packets of flashcards for the district’s incoming kindergarteners.
Cheltenham High School teamed with AKA Sorority to collect countless glasses and gently used shoes for Lions Club International and Soles 4 Sole, respectively.
The event closed with choruses of Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” and birthday cake.