Students honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service

Clara Slesar and Aidan Powell collect for the food shelf on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Courtesy photo
Clara Slesar and Aidan Powell collect for the food shelf on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Courtesy photo

Students and faculty at Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne devoted Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to community service, paying respect to the man who once said that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

Students gathered together to watch the historical drama Selma and then had discussions about civil rights and other themes from the movie. Following an all-school community lunch, the students assembled into groups. With the help of faculty and parent volunteers, the students canvassed 21 neighborhoods in Charlotte, Shelburne and South Burlington.

“As a parent who volunteered to drive these students to their designated neighborhoods, I was amazed and incredibly proud of these students and of those adults who gave so willingly to the cause of feeding others,” Katherine Knox of Charlotte said. “The quality of the food that people shared was also amazing. Families who depend on the Emergency Food Shelf will receive healthy food, given in the spirit of generosity.”

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School is an independent, non-profit day school for preschool through high school students, integrating academics with the arts.

Bags of non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothing, footwear, blankets and baby clothes were collected. “In the past we have received over 1,000 pounds of food,” said Laura Slesar, the front office manager at the school. “This year we collected more donations than ever before so we are eager for the food shelves to let us know the final count.”

Shelburne Food Shelf took everything that they could use. The donations exceeded their needs, and the remaining items are being donated to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Students, faculty and parents wanted to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their generous donations.

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