Head of School Blog

MLK Day – A Day On! Not a Day Off! (Note: Even families who are traveling will have a chance to help this year…read on!)

Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 15 January 7, 2015

On Monday, January 19, All Saints will once again collaborate with the Mustard Seed School and Stevens Cooperative School to join hands in service as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now in its fifth year, this event calls each of us to consider taking MLK Day not as a day off, but as a day on to serve others. Over the past several years, students from our three schools have shared their compassion and talent with the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, the St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry Program, Hoboken University Medical Center, and several other organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others. This year, a special “Café Drive” is taking place before the actual day of the event, providing a way for all families to participate.

Students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 will have the opportunity to register for one of the following activities:

Hope & Soap
Students will wrap soap pieces in cellophane and write their own dreams on labels, which they will then bring to Hoboken Homeless shelter.

Flower Power
Students in Grades K&1 will create paper mosaic vases to beautify the eating spaces at both St. Matt's and the Hoboken shelter. Students in Grades 2-4 will design paper flowers for the tables of both St. Matt's and the Hoboken Shelter. Students in Grades 5-8 will create paper beads for necklaces to donate to guests of the Hoboken Shelter.

Let Freedom Sing
Students will keep Dr. King’s dream alive by using their voices to celebrate and honor the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn a series of number to be performed at the Closing Ceremony.

Sandwich Squad
Students will make 75 brown bagged lunches and deliver them to guests at the St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry Program.

Whistle While You Work!
Students in Grades 6-8
Students will use their singing voices for inspiration to help clean and organize the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.

Students from all three schools will serve alongside one another in mixed groups. After spending a little time getting to know one another, service projects will begin. The morning’s activities will conclude with a celebration at All Saints Church, where students, teachers and parent volunteers will hear about the day’s accomplishments and will be treated to student musical performances of music from the Civil Rights era.

This year, each of the schools will conduct a collection drive for items needed by our partner organizations. All Saints is running a Café Drive to collect coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and sugar for guests at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and St. Matt’s to enjoy all winter. As part of this campaign, students will be treated to two special educational assemblies. The Sommer Family (Zachary, First Grade East) of the T.M. Ward Coffee Company will visit with students in Grades 1-4 for a special “From Crop to Shop” workshop designed to teach children about the process of growing, processing and distributing coffee. Students in Grades 5-8 will enjoy a visit from Dale Dharmarna of Kanlo Teas in Tribeca. Kanlo is the only tea boutique dedicated to serving teas exclusively from Sri Lanka. Students will learn how tea is grown and produced to be enjoyed by people all over the world.

The suggested donation for the MLK Optional Day of Service is only $5. These funds will be used to purchase snacks and materials needed to conduct the service projects created for the day. Parents interested in volunteering should let their children’s teachers know.

Finally, the day is designed so that working families do not need to consider any special schedules. After care will run as usual, and the day will start and end as per the normal school schedule. That said, those students who wish to participate in the morning service activities and then enjoy an early dismissal can do that, as well, with their parents’ permission.

Below please find a schedule for the day, along with a link to a registration form and more information. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 15. Items donated to the Café Drive can be dropped off at either school location prior to the event.

Comments? Thoughts? Ideas? I’d love to hear them! Email me: jsingleton@allsainsthoboken.com