LMSD students and their families honored the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging in a variety of safe, socially distant community service projects during the week leading up to the MLK Holiday.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the District was not able to hold its annual in-person Afternoon of Service, but that did not stop the school community from creatively fulfilling Dr. King's decree, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve."
Students from Merion, Cynwyd and Penn Valley elementary schools collected children's books that were donated to BookSmiles.org and to Global Citizen, the organization that coordinates the region's MLK Day of Service. Global Citizen then distributed the books to children whose families attended the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium testing event at Girard College on January 18, 2021.
Students from Gladwyne Elementary School wrote letters for "Letters Against Isolation" to ease the loneliness of seniors who are isolated due to COVID-19 and Welsh Valley Middle School's buildOn club collected snacks for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children receive medical treatment. Meanwhile, Bala Cynwyd Middle School's buildOn club coordinated a canned soup drive for a local food pantry and engaged in important conversations regarding race in their LEARN classes.
Students from Penn Wynne Elementary School created cards that will be distributed by the Maternity Care Coalition, while the Penn Wynne staff held a food drive to benefit the Ardmore Food Pantry.
Some 300 students from Lower Merion High School's buildOn community team participated in a number of projects, including leading teen panel discussions on "Race, Reflection and Response" and "Open Heart Processing" in conjunction with members of local congregation Beth Am Israel. The high school students were also engaged in at-home projects including creating dog toys for PAWS and PSPCA; sewing eco-friendly cloth face masks; and writing letters to lawmakers about climate change, Valentines for senior citizens and welcome letters to new immigrants.