“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education”

– Dr Martin Luther King

On Monday, January 20, 2014 from 9.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m., The Waldorf School of Philadelphia (WSP) is partnering on a service project to benefit the East Germantown non-profit, 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.

Volunteers from the Waldorf School of Philadelphia and our extended community are invited to participate. We ask members of our extended community to please sign up on the 19th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website.

The opening assembly commences at 9.00 a.m.  in the school’s auditorium.  The faculty at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia have prepared  a puppet play geared toward the younger participants as well as songs from the grade school student’s and teachers’ that all commemorate Dr. King’s work and contain his message of peace and justice, courage and love.  Face-to-Face Executive Director, Mary Kay Meeks, will say a few words on behalf of the Face to Face community.

Grade school classrooms will be buzzing with volunteers packaging bags of toiletries for the guests of Face to Face to use, many of the contents of which have been donated by generous local pharmacies or families at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.

The Early Childhood classrooms will be filled with volunteers of all ages making “Kindergarten Soup” for which Waldorf Schools are well known – whereby each volunteer bring a vegetable to share and the collective bounty of vegetables is then turned into an eclectic, delicious and nutritious soup.

This year’s day of service at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is being organized by WSP parent Diana DuHaime. Diana invites us to lend a hand by joining hands – no matter race, age, ability, or financial status – so that together we may shine our light upon the greater community. Diana challenges us to 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.

How to get involved?

  • By Friday 17th January, donate sample-sized toiletries – toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, etc.  Collection boxes are in the school entry-ways.
  • On Friday 17th January bring vegetables for the soup
  • Become a puppeteer and help tell a special story.  Rehearsal in the auditorium on Friday 17th January at 3:30 p.m.  Free K-6 childcare available
  • Join our day of service on Monday 20th and meet in the school auditorium at 9.00 a.m. for song, stories and opening remarks
  • Volunteer on Monday 20th to chop and sauté vegetables for the soup.
  • Bring your children on Monday 20th to help decorate gift bags and pack items.