MLK Day of Service 2011 Events

Say it Rah-shay By Jan 06, 2011 4 Comments

Wow! This year will mark the 16th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King day of service. When I was a kid, MLK day meant sleeping in, being glad that I didn’t live in Arizona (MLK Day was not a holiday) and later in the day we would listen to the “I Have a Dream Speech” on PBS. In this more civic minded generation there has been a plethora of activities to mark the day.

Each year The Bee’s school has a day of service. Projects range from coloring flowers to be attached to bags for shut ins to creating personal care kits for countries affected by natural disasters to cleaning up the neighborhood. This year my mom got an invite to create a special grandparent’s collage for this event.


The Bee sings in the chorus and the group will perform. A delicious breakfast and lunch are served and it’s just a wonderful, positive day for everyone.

My library is closed for the holiday and with my committment with The Bee’s school I nver hosted an event. This year one of our partners has created a reading day.
Children ages 5-12 are invited on Monday, January 17th from 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM, the Friendship Circle Senior Center located at 1515 Lansdowne Ave., Darby, PA (on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital) will host a reading.

Friendship Circle Senior Center book club members and center participants will be reading a story book that discusses Dr. King’s lasting contributions and helps us remember why we’re making January 17th “A Day on, Not a Day off!”

A coloring activity and snack will be provided.

To register your child, please contact Michelle McGowan at 610-237-8100, ext. 25 or via email at

My crochet group will be meeting at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Wynnefield Branch on Saturday, January 15th. In previous years we have made baby hats and squares for preemies and Haitian hurricaine earthquake victims.

This library is located at 5325 Overbrook Avenue, 19131-1498 and can be reached at 215-685-0298.

In Upper Darby the Upper Darby School District, in cooperation with Community Churches and the Lansdowne YMCA, is hosting the tenth annual celebration honoring the legacy and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will take place at The Drexelbrook on Monday, January 17, 2011 from 8:00-9:30AM. The program includes a guest speaker, student essay presentations, and a buffet breakfast. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 18 and under.

Please call Ms. Brazunas at DHMS (610-853-4580 ext. 460) if you would like tickets or more information.

After the breakfast, those who wish can volunteer at Drexel Hill Middle School to create “Dream Boxes.” Our Dream Boxes will be filled with toiletries and other necessities for the Upper Darby Food Bank to give to their needy families. Donations will be accepted at DHMS through January 14th.

If you cannot attend any of these events check out the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service website, twitter feed or Facebook page. Perhaps you can consider hosting your own event for 2012?

Gearing up for my day on, not off,


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Susie says:

    Sounds like great events:-)

  2. Susie says:

    Sounds like great events:-)

  3. Susie says:

    Sounds like great events:-)

  4. Susie says:

    Sounds like great events:-)

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