Authored by Grace Beedles ‘19 and Audrey Beyer ‘19
We are two of 11 seniors completing our capstone projects in the Center for Civic Engagement. To earn the Service Learning Fellows diploma designation, we have participated in the multi-year Service Learning curriculum, have completed at least one in-depth community service placement, and are spending the 2018-2019 school year designing and implementing our culminating project.
A Day On, Not a Day Off
In honor of the tremendous impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on the world, Congress designated the third Monday in January as a national day of service known as a “Day On, Not a Day Off.” All are encouraged to participate in community service and continue the work of MLK.
As part of Grace’s service learning capstone project, Hathaway Brown School is hosting its own MLK Day of Service for Kindergarten-Fifth Grade students on Monday, January 21. Attendees will create bookmarks for the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, decorate cookies for the Shaker Fire Department, and make cards for nursing home residents. Additionally, there will be arts and crafts carrying the theme of peace and MLK. Jan Ridgeway, parent of Leah Ridgeway Jackson ‘99 and grandparent of Parker Jackson ‘31 is speaking to children how about they can carry MLK’s legacy by getting involved in their community.
Providing Children with Necessities
For Audrey’s project, she is writing a series of reflections on her service experiences with the Kids’ Book Bank and Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Both organizations provide children with necessary learning materials that they otherwise would not have access to. The Kids’ Book Bank distributes approximately 60,000 books monthly to schools and families within the Greater Cleveland area who cannot afford to buy their own.
With a goal to collect at least 200 books that will be distributed this winter, Grace and Audrey are hosting a Book Drive at HB through January 24. If you’d like to donate children’s books for all ages, a donation box is is at the front door.