On Monday, January 21st, we held our tenth annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Close to 300 community members joined together to participate in a variety of service activities in honor of Dr. King's vision and legacy. We offered onsite and offsite activities where students and parents worked together on service projects to better the lives of the people in our community.
We started the day writing letters to military troops. This was followed by one of our Eighth Graders, Jacob King, reading the book What Do You Do With A Chance? by Kobi Yamada. In this story, a little boy is not sure what to do when he stumbles upon a chance. He decides to let it go but soon regrets his decision and wishes he'd had the courage to grab it. The next time a chance comes around, he decides to go for it, but he misses and falls. Finally, the next time a chance comes around he is ready and takes it. This book teaches us that failure can equal growth, that individual potential is limitless, and that mistakes make us better. Taking hold of a chance can be exhilarating and can reward you with fantastic new experiences that can change your life and the lives of others around you. The reading was followed by a song from our upcoming musical Once On This Island. The song reminded us that we learn from each other and are "all part of the human heart”.
The day continued with parents, friends, relatives, older, and younger children helping each other make a difference. Eighth Grade diversity club members took leadership roles selecting, preparing for, organizing, and running the different activities. Calvert faculty, staff, and parents collaborated as activity leaders with the Eighth Graders. For the fifth year in a row, John Hopkins University baseball team members assisted leaders and participants throughout the day. Calvert School alumni returned and volunteered their services setting up, running the bake sale, and cleaning up.
Thank you to all the people who made this day possible: All participants, parents, children, family friends, former Calvert employees and students, as well as JHU students.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" -Martin Luther King Jr.