Some 400 Lower Merion School District students of all ages and their families spent Friday afternoon, January 17, 2020, volunteering at the District's annual Martin Luther King Afternoon of Service. The event took place in the Harriton High School cafeteria.
Home & School Associations, the secondary schools' buildOn community teams, POWER Scholars and student governments organized hands-on community service projects that benefitted a number of community organizations.
The volunteers collected and sorted food donations for the Ardmore Food Pantry, toiletries for Broad St. Ministries and clothing and toys for Cradles to Crayons and Narberth Green Drop. In addition, volunteers made no-sew blankets for patients at CHOP and sleep mats for Angels in Motion, along with dog chew toys for area animal shelters and duffel bags for children in foster care. Art projects included creating Dream Flags, Valentines for veterans and paintings for the Starfish Project.
Organized by the District's Office of School and Community Relations, the afternoon of service exemplified how the Lower Merion school community lives its motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve." It also reflected the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."
LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. The Afternoon of Service of Strategic Pathway #5: A Spirit of Community. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.