“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a Waldorf Parent, I feel one of the reasons I choose Waldorf Education was because I wanted my son to understand his place in society, and to embrace his community and be part of it. I felt this notion was overlooked as part of our previous experience with a more traditional model of education.  Maybe my inclinations and preferences for my son’s education were grounded in the understanding that education at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia encompasses so much more than education. The curriculum’s morality lessons and unifying properties are all encompassing and go far beyond the school day.

Our family is so thankful to be a part of a community  that believes in working towards the common good with purpose and humility.  The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is a place that understands the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – of fighting for the good and justice in all.  Day-to-day these morals and lessons are woven into a student’s character and are well understood from kindergarten through eighth grade in their own attainable ways.

When we speak and sing of letting our little light shine, we always hope our kids take that seriously – that they embrace positive qualities of one another while growing to love their own qualities.  There seems no better way, not only as a community of individuals but as parents and families, to show our children how we can all shine through others than by volunteering together on Monday, January 20 for the 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Please join me and many others on Monday, January 20th from 9 – 12:30 at our school to support a local organization in Germantown called Face to Face, a multi-service organization that offers free human services to more than 2,500 low income and homeless individuals and families each year.  It is our school’s  plan to make our Waldorf Kindergarten Soup and bag toiletries for the organization.

With lending a hand to those around us in our community we instill within our children the importance in helping others.  Let us join hands, no matter race, age, ability, or financial status and shine our light upon the greater community. Let us do more than give, but let us receive this ability to see our light in the world around us and make those involved shine brighter.  Let us take Dr. King’s light and keep it shining bright.

Thank you for your help.

By Diana DuHaime, parent of WSP second grader

Jordan Nagel

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is a registered organization with the 19th Annual MLK Day of Service organization.

More information about this opportunity will be posted around the school, online and in the Weekly.  Contact WSP parent Diana DuHaime with questions.

Illustration of Dr King by J. Brian Pinkey, from the book Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo