On Monday, Tim, Stella and I celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in Penn Charter’s day of service. In collaboration with Shiela Ruen, the head of the art department at Penn Charter, we held a printmaking workshop for about 40 students and parents. Everyone carved linoleum blocks and then hand-printed their designs to be sold at the Penn Charter Biennial Art Show. Proceeds from the sale of the prints will go to a relief agency working in Haiti. In total, about 400 prints were created along with a limited edition silk-screened poster.
Penn Charter also held various community service activities at the school and around Philadelphia. Students from K to 5th grade made fleece blankets, scarves, and hats that will be donated to a local organization that helps children in transition, grades 6 to 8 prepared fruit salads, casseroles and other dishes to donate to shelters, food banks and other organizations and grades 9 to 12 painted and cleaned Widener Memorial School and worked at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen.
It was a great day of giving back to the community while honoring the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.