To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., York Country Day Middle and Upper School students participated in a Day of Service on Friday, January 20th.
Each class traveled as a group to a different location in York County to help needy members of our community in a variety of ways.
The seniors helped Re-Source York move to their new location. New homes for families in our community were constructed by the juniors who spent the day working with Habitat for Humanity. Our 10th graders helped the residents of the Margaret E. Moul Home, a long-term care facility that serves people with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and other neuromuscular disorders, prepare for their annual Winter Ball. The United Way, Our Daily Bread and the Salvation Army all received volunteer power from our 9th graders who divided their strength among those groups.
Our whole school community, from Preschool through 12th grade, participated in a book drive. The 8th grade delivered our books to WellSpan as part of the Reach Out and Read program. They read to patients who were waiting for their appointments and lead activities related to the stories.
The 7th graders spent the day outside working on maintenance projects at Camp Pennwood, a summer day camp run by the Arc of York County, an advocacy organization that works with people with intellectual disabilities. The 6th graders served at the Lutheran Home of York. They performed for the residents singing and playing hand chimes, assisted them during recreational time, transported residents through the home, and served meals. Before their visit, the students participated in an orientation with the home’s recreational director to learn how to effectively participate at the home and had a discussion on the meaning of service with philosophy professor, Dr. Rory Kraft from York College.
Students and faculty alike enjoyed a full day of hands-on service helping residents throughout the greater York community in the spirit of Dr. King.