As an Episcopal school, St. George’s has a long-standing commitment to serving those in need. Knowing that every child is a child of God, we cultivate a passion for service by creating opportunities for students to meaningfully serve our community. We establishing a culture of giving back.
Students engage in service opportunities throughout the school year, but at no time is our commitment to serving others more evident than at the beginning of the school year. What better place to start than on MLK Day ON?
“We wanted to promote the good that people are doing all over the city – and really encourage our students and their families to transform this day into a day of action,” said Emmy McClain, St. George’s Upper School Director of Student Life.
Through MLK Day ON, students and families embrace the holiday as a day of action, rather than simply a day off from school and work. By helping those in need, we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and pay tribute to his legacy.
Students are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone to actively participate in meeting the needs of the community. They participate in food drives and shoe drives; make fleece blankets for Room in the Inn; partner with the Wolf River Conservatory to install bird nests, plant trees, pick up trash, and build infrastructure along the Greenway trail; and work closely with United Way of the Mid-South for “Care Like King Day.”
By promoting a wide variety of Memphis-based service projects on MLK Day On, not only do students begin uncover ways in which they want to serve, but together with their families, they discover a passion for serving any day of the year.
“It's a chance for families to be together with their children in service – it’s less about St. George’s and more about exposing families to opportunities that are easy for them to sign up for and to take their kids along,” McClain said.
Whether a day, a season or a lifetime – service initiatives remain a key element to a St. George’s foundation.
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