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Students find fulfillment in MLK Day of Service

To the Press:

It was a holiday -- a cold mid-winter school holiday. They could have slept in, stayed in their pajamas, played video games. But instead, over 100 students from Media Elementary School, nearly a quarter of the school population, came out on Jan. 21 to be of service to others as part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities as part as a national call for service.

An extra special part of this year's Media Elementary School day of service was having the children perform a group reading of Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark speech.

Media Elementary supports the MLK Day of Service by organizing multiple service opportunities where children can make a real contribution. This year, students prepared food for the homeless; cleaned Media's Community Playroom; visited residents at Sterling Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; cleaned and sorted gently used children's gear for Cradles 2 Crayons; decorated planting pots with Greener Partners; made Valentine's for shut-ins and U.S. troops; sorted food at the Media Food Bank; made Linus blankets with Values Into Action; and helped sort school library books.

The MLK Day of Service is sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Group and is an annual event at Media Elementary School.

In addition, the children have opportunities to do charitable work year-round through the school's Optimist Club.

Sincerely,

Lora Siegmann Werner Continued...

Media Elementary Parent
To the Press:

It was a holiday -- a cold mid-winter school holiday. They could have slept in, stayed in their pajamas, played video games. But instead, over 100 students from Media Elementary School, nearly a quarter of the school population, came out on Jan. 21 to be of service to others as part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities as part as a national call for service.

An extra special part of this year's Media Elementary School day of service was having the children perform a group reading of Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark speech.

Media Elementary supports the MLK Day of Service by organizing multiple service opportunities where children can make a real contribution. This year, students prepared food for the homeless; cleaned Media's Community Playroom; visited residents at Sterling Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; cleaned and sorted gently used children's gear for Cradles 2 Crayons; decorated planting pots with Greener Partners; made Valentine's for shut-ins and U.S. troops; sorted food at the Media Food Bank; made Linus blankets with Values Into Action; and helped sort school library books.

The MLK Day of Service is sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Group and is an annual event at Media Elementary School.

In addition, the children have opportunities to do charitable work year-round through the school's Optimist Club.

Sincerely,

Lora Siegmann Werner

Media Elementary Parent

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