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Waldorf Watch: MLK Day of Service 2019

On Thursday January 17th, the students and faculty of the Waldorf School of Garden City came together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The entire student body took part in various service projects, both on and off the Garden City campus, that promoted the spirit of love and camaraderie.

The Ninth Grade traveled to Island Assisted Living in Hempstead, where the students played games and music with the residents to put them in high spirits. Similarly, the Eleventh Grade visited the Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale, where they provided entertainment and companionship to the patients.

Ninth graders played music and painted nails with residents of Island Assisted Living
A quartet of juniors performing for the residents of the center.

The twelfth grade spent their day working with students at John Lewis Childs Elementary School in Floral Park.  The Seniors volunteered with Junior Achievement’s High School Heroes Program. They worked in teams of 3-4 to teach second and third graders. They taught second graders a program called “Our Community,” which introduces students to the intersection of work readiness and social studies learning objectives including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community’s success. The third graders received the “Our City” program which introduces students to financial literacy concepts including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. The seniors rose to the occasion, serving as excellent leaders, role models, and ambassadors of the Waldorf School of Garden City. They received over 10 hours of community service for both their day of service and two in-school trainings.

The senior class spent the day working with Students at John Lewis Child’s School in Floral Park

Meanwhile, on the main School campus, the fifth through eighth grades prepared sandwiches and cookies for guests of the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) in Hempstead, N.Y. Each sandwich and cookie was specially wrapped and placed in a unique paper bag decorated by the first – third Grades. Altogether the students prepared over 500 sandwiches for those in need. In addition to the sandwiches and cookies, the School is also sending the INN over $5oo raised during our 2019 Alumni Basketball Games and Community Three-Point Contest.

first-third graders decorated unique paper bags to pack food for the INN
Students prepared sandwiches to send to the INN
Cookies were packed to be sent along with the sandwiches
The bags of cookies and sandwiches were packed and sent to the INN

The day culminated in a special assembly where grades four through eight payed tribute to Dr. King and other civil rights activists through artistic presentations. Performances ranged from a recitation of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” to performances of classic songs of the Underground railroad like Follow the Drinking Gourd, to a reenactment of the march at Selma. Every performance channeled the spirit of Dr. King’s work through the students creativity.

Fifth graders performing the “Freedom Chant” on the recorder
Members of the sixth grade recited original poems inspired by Dr. King
The seventh grade reenacted moments from the famous march on Selma

Thank you to all our students for their efforts in making this special service day a success.

See more photos from the day below!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2019