Each year, Friends’ Central School honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in hours of meaningful community service projects. This year, over 300 students, parents, and alumni/ae participated in MLK Day, making it a true “Day On” for the Friends’ Central community.
Lower School students in grades 1-3 created 18 reversible fleece stroller blankets to benefit parents and children at Families Forward Philadelphia.
Grade 4 and 5 children sorted cleaning supplies, donated by FCS families, and packed them together inside a container - each displaying a special quote by Dr. King.
In total, Lower School students assembled 67 care packages of cleaning and home products to help families transitioning out of homelessness.
Middle School families came together to pack 100 toiletry packs and 600 bagged lunches for the Bethesda Project, a shelter for the chronically homeless.
Our youngest students in Nursery-Kindergarten decorated 120 peace rocks to create a labyrinth leading to a children's lending library at Families Forward Philadelphia.
For Overbrook Educational Center, Upper School students helped paint a mural, worked on math posters designed in our Makerspace, helped clean their library, and created banners that celebrate Dr. King's legacy.
Though the activities that our students participated in varied, the impact of these service
projects did not. Each child who donated time to help another in need added to the legacy of
Dr. King, who encouraged all of us to look inside ourselves and help to make the world a more
equitable, hopeful, and fair place for all. Taking a “Day On” to remember Dr. King and to
remind ourselves of the purpose of service to others are hallmarks of Friends' Central School,
and this year, MLK Day reminded us, once again, how important it is to give back!