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Del. Students Redefine Community Service on MLK Day



    Students Spend MLK Day Giving Back

    The students at the Sanford School in Hockessin, Del. spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day giving back to the community at school instead of taking a day off. (Published Monday, Jan. 17, 2011)

    Del. Students Redefine Community Service on MLK Day

    For most people, Martin Luther King Jr. Day means spending the day off from school or work and sleeping in a little later. However, for students at Sanford School in Hockessin, Del., school was still in session.

    The students ranging from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade didn’t have actual classes Monday but that didn’t mean they were taking it easy.

    Instead they had a full day packed with a variety of community service initiatives through the area inspired by the call for volunteering in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.

    Some of the activities included a bake sale with proceeds for Heifer International, a clothing drive for the Clothing Bank of Delaware, and making lunch for Habitat for Humanity workers, among a list of others.

    The initial decision to keep the school’s doors open on this nationally recognized holiday is the brainchild of Douglas “Chip” MacKelcan Jr., the Head of School. He felt the need to pay tribute to Dr. King, his contributions, and his legacy.

    Dr. King’s message of non-violence, tolerance, and service coincides with Sanford School’s overall mission. Giving back to the community is something that faculty members and school officials stress to their students, not just on MLK Day, but all year round, they say.