Day of Ser­vice

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Jen­nifer Law­son jlaw­son@jour­nalregis­ter.com

Lans­dale Catholic High School se­niors Mary Kate Brokans and Casey O’Hara said they could have slept in Mon­day morn­ing, but in­stead, they joined more than 100 other stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff in as­sem­bling bags of food for the home­bound as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Ser­vice.

Gath­ered in the school cafe­te­ria from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the vol­un­teers put to­gether 500 break­fast bags, which in­cluded non-per­ish­able items such as gra­nola bars, oat­meal and juice boxes. Stu­dents also made book­marks, which went in the bags.

The bags went to Aid for Friends, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that serves the needy, iso­lated and home­bound in the five-county Greater Philadel­phia re­gion with free daily meals de­liv­ered weekly by vol­un­teer vis­i­tors.

“I thought it was im­por­tant to give back and help out,” said Brokans, who is 17.

Mary Lou Gra­ham, di­rec­tor of guid­ance at Lans­dale Catholic, said the school has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the MLK Day of Ser­vice for many years.

“It’s awe­some,” she said as stu­dents bus­tled around the cafe­te­ria. “Ev­ery year it amazes me. We al­ways have a lot of par­tic­i­pa­tion. Once they start do­ing it and see what a dif­fer­ence it makes, they come back the next year.”

Not only did the stu­dents put the break­fast bags to­gether, they also helped raise the money that went to­ward pur­chas­ing the food for the bags.

For a cou­ple of bucks, stu­dents were able to par­tic­i­pate in Dress Down Day ear­lier this school year. About $700 was raised, al­low­ing Gra­ham to pur­chase food and sup­plies at Costco.

Af­ter the stu­dents fin­ished their work, the bags were trans­ported to a ware­house where they will be picked up by vol­un­teers for Aid for Friends, who will bring them to the home­bound folks they visit.

The LC vol­un­teers wore T-shirts pro­vided by the Greater Philadel­phia MLK Day of Ser­vice, which is now in its 18th year.

An es­ti­mated 100,000 vol­un­teers through­out the re­gion par­tic­i­pated in more than 1,500 ser­vice projects Mon­day, mak­ing it one of the largest MLK Day events i in the h coun­try.

Stu­dents in the North Penn and Soud­er­ton school dis­tricts com­pleted ser­vice projects last week in honor of the hol­i­day.

O’Hara, 18, said she took part Mon­day “to help out the com­mu­nity. You feel good when you do ser­vice.”

Above, Lans­dale Catholic stu­dents stack canned goods dur­ing their Day of Ser­vice event Mon­day.

Be­low right, stu­dents as­sem­ble bags of food to be do­nated to Aid for Friends, a non­profit that serves the needy in the Philadel­phia area.

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