Children, parents and community members help assemble survival kits for the homeless at Dewey School in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

On Dr. Martin Luther King Day more than 150 Dewey parents and children worked with members of the community to assemble 130 survival kits for the homeless. The kits included toiletries, food, warm clothing and notes and pictures made by Dewey students, the last to let the recipients know that someone is thinking of them when times are so hard. Participants said the event’s success showed that the service day was a good match for Dewey, and they plan to do another service project next year in honor of Dr. King, who famously said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” 

Principal of Dewey School Andalib Khelghati said, “We are thrilled by all the energy and good works done on Jan. 20 during our Dewey Service Day in honor of Dr. King. We even had Dewey alumni join in this all-school effort to create kits for families who are facing homelessness. Our children gain many life-long gifts through service. They also extend academic skills they are learning in school: analytical skills about the world, organizational habits of mind and interpersonal abilities required for cooperative work.”

The Dewey School community said they would like to thank Lake Street Church and Connections for the Homeless for giving them a way to use their resources to help others.