Elementary and middle school students enrolled in the BOOST after school program administered by Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS), honored Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by restoring a garden and repainting classrooms at Anna Howard Shaw Middle School in Philadelphia.
Numerous community groups joined the BOOST children on the project including Heart to Heart, A Better Chance, City Lights, Wayne and Narberth Presbyterian Churches as well as Anna Howard Shaw Middle School staff. Mr. Davis, the building engineer at the school provided painting supplies while Dr. Swartz, a science teacher, contributed all of the plants and gardening materials. State representative candidate, Rasheen Cruise, also brought a group of about 30 volunteers. “It was great to see so many people come out for a community project. It was a wonderful turnout,” said Sherry Thomas, BOOST site coordinator.
Eighth grade student, Kraicheooe Brooks, enjoyed the opportunity to serve her community. “I wanted to clean up the school to make our environment look better. Service is important because it shows what kind of person you are. It let’s people know that you care about things other than yourself,” said Brooks.
The project presented an opportunity to reinforce the importance of service and volunteerism, and to assign leadership roles to the older students. “The kids really enjoyed it. They wanted to do even more than they needed,” said Thomas.
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Eight grader Kraicheooe explained why she she thinks service is important. Why is service important to you?