Martin Luther King Day of Service has grown to be a very successful city-wide event each year. In greater Philadelphia this year, thousands of individuals around area participated in a wide variety of volunteer projects for the 18th Annual Day of Service; the largest King Day event in the nation. 2013 also marked 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr led the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom.
This year the Wynnstay gang teamed up with the Friends School School to help spruce up the Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia. We were amazed by the amount of volunteers, especially the kids who took time on their day off to help. Our task was to repaint all the trimming and doors throughout the school from the old brown to the new the school color of burgundy. Everyone split off into groups and headed down to the gymnasium. We swept, sanded, taped and finally painted. The finished product was quite spectacular and the school’s Principal was very impressed. The cost of hiring workers to paint would have been outrageous, especially for a Philadelphia public school, which is really struggling financially right now.
Perhaps the best part of the experience was watching all the volunteers work together and be proud of their accomplishments. This is really what volunteering is all about – a dual focus on helping those in need, with a great degree of self satisfaction.
The day was a great success for everyone involved! Greater Philadelphia’s MLK Day of Service has a simple message: Be a Global Citizen. Think Globally, Act Locally