K-5 MLK Day of Service

PALCS Elementary: January 18th, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

On Monday, January 18, 2016, the United States will recognize the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. King’s legacy, the entire PALCS community will have the opportunity to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by working together to address a variety of needs.

In the spirit of Dr. King and fresh beginnings for the new year, consider continuing the service or volunteering you provide for the MLK Day of Service so that it becomes a weekly or monthly event. Your positive contribution towards your community is invaluable and can provide benefits for both you and the organization you choose to help.

There is usually a need for volunteers in every facet of your neighborhood, so you have many options to choose from to help make a difference. You could serve in a way you know you enjoy, or this can also be a great opportunity to try something new!

Service Opportunities

Read through the following opportunities below to learn more about ways you can work together with PALCS to serve communities. There will be no posted or virtual lessons on Monday, January 18th to encourage students and families to volunteer.

PALCS West Chester Book Buddies Event

Help us serve those in need by joining us at PALCS on January 18th from 10am to 12pm. There will be various activities and service projects led by PALCS teachers to help those in our communities and communities around the world.

Teachers will also be leading activities off site to clean up local parks and volunteer at other community centers. Students who participate in a PALCS organized activity must have a parent/guardian attend the activity with them. These are not "drop-off" activities. Click on the buttons below to learn more about each opportunity.

PALCS Pittsburgh Goodwill Volunteer Event

Meet up with PALCS teachers in Gibsonia to volunteer at Goodwill from 11:00am to 1:00pm. A parent or guardian must attend with student and complete a permission form upon arrival.

This volunteer opportunity has limited spaces available! Only the first 15 students to sign up will be able to attend. You will be notified by a teacher on the 14th if your attendance is approved. Use the Google Form below to sign up.

PALCS Pittsburgh Meals on Wheels Volunteer Event

Meet up with PALCS teachers in Carnegie to help make meals for Meals on Wheels from 8:30am to 10:00am. A parent or guardian must attend with student.

This volunteer opportunity has limited spaces available! Only the first 15 students to sign up will be able to attend. Use the Google Form below to sign up and please contact Heather Humbert by phone at PALCS at extension 1529 to confirm your attendance by the 13th.

Kerr Park Cleanup Volunteer Event

Meet up with PALCS teachers at Kerr Park in Downingtown to help cleanup the park. Students should arrive between 10:00-10:30 with an adult and cleanup will go from 10:30-12:00. All students need to be accompanied by an adult throughout the cleanup.

To learn more about Kerr Park visit http://www.downingtown.org/

Paul's Run Retirement Community Volunteer Event

Teachers and students will help the residents prepare brown bag lunches for the homeless and/or the Philadelphia shelter. Students can also visit with the residents and share lemonade and cookies. Student should arrive by 10:00am with an adult. All students need to be accompanied by an adult throughout the day.


To learn more about Paul's Run Retirement Community visit http://www.paulsrun.org/

How Will You Serve?

If you are planning on attending one of the events above, please complete this form. Remember, there will be no posted or virtual lessons on Monday, January 18th to encourage students and families to volunteer.

Home Facilitators should complete this form. Students should not complete this form.

Serve at Home & in Your Community

To help you get started, here are a few ideas. You can volunteer to provide service at the following places:
  • community center, theater or library
  • hospital or retirement home
  • park, church or youth organization
  • day care center, public school or after-school program
  • food bank or soup kitchen
  • animal shelter