Wanting to be part of the Day of Service and finding meaningful and appropriate ways to do that with young children can be two very different things. I know our best bets have been to jump in to preschool/childcare/school-sponsored events geared toward family participation. Our school will be putting together PJ packages for children who need new ones after a disaster.
MLK Day of Service, Used Clothing Sale, and Lovett to reopen!
But if you want to do something small tomorrow that may make a big difference in a child’s life, you can stop by The Little Treehouse to donate a winter coat. They’re doing a “One Warm Coat” drive and asking for new or gently used coats. Anyone who donates a coat will also receive 20% off class registration for tumbling, art, music, yoga, or dance.
Or you and the kids could gather up the gently used children’s books your family has outgrown and drop them off at either O’doodles Toystore or the back of St. Joseph’s Hall at Chestnut Hill College (you can pull right under the portico, drop off box is right inside the door). These books will be used to build a library for the Fitler Academics Plus School in Philadelphia. The school houses children from K-8th grade, so a wide range of books can be suitable for donation.
If you find yourself with a kid-free day and really want to roll up your sleeves, the Allen’s Lane Art Center is looking for volunteers to help paint! Starts at 9am.
Or if you’re looking for something completely different, try searching the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service website:
And this isn’t quite service, but it goes to a good cause and is definitely “green”. Abington Friends School is having a Used Clothing Sale on Monday, January 17 from 1- 3p.m. The sale will be held at Abington Friends Lower School. All items are $1, $2 or $3 dollars and all proceeds support the Women’s Center of Montgomery County.
If you can’t get out with the kids, but want to do something to commemorate Dr. King, I highly recommend reading Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Brian Collier. The book is beautifully illustrated and does a nice job of balancing the power of the man and his words with the uncertainty of the times and the tragedy of his death. We also like Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo and Brian Pinkney. But our new family favorite is Americans Who Tell the Truth by Robert Shetterly… where you’ll find quotes and pages on everyone from Jonathon Kozol to Mother Jones to Frederick Douglass.
And everyone keep your fingers crossed… barring any more issues, rumor has it that the heat will be back on and the Lovett Library will reopen on Tueday January 18th at 9am! It’s a temporary fix, but it will keep the doors open until a more permanent replacement can be arranged.