The Palm Beach Day Academy Bulldog Outreach program was at it again this January as nearly a hundred PBDA students, parents and faculty/staff participated in the city’s Day of Service to honor the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, January 20, PBDA volunteer participants descended upon two local Day of Service events hosted by the local Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County: crop gleaning in Boynton Beach and assembling of supply packs for the homeless in West Palm Beach. The two events were among seven that drew hundreds of volunteers as part of the Federation its Jewish Volunteer Center’s MLK Day of Service, created in 2017 to promote hands-on volunteering and honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of tolerance and diversity.
“Dr. MLK Jr said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?,” said Christi Chane, Co-Chair of the Bulldog Outreach program. “It was so wonderful to see our parents, students, and teachers working side-by-side to honor this message and his legacy.”
The gleaning, which was open to students in Grades 5-9, tasked approximately 15 student, parent and faculty volunteers with harvesting excess peppers from a local farm. These excess crops will eventually be donated to local families and community members in need of food.
Meanwhile, nearly 75 Bulldogs came out to Currie Park in West Palm Beach to assemble toiletry kits and sort clothing for the homeless, make food bags for The Boys and Girls Club, and sort school supplies for Red Apple.
“We really want to make sure that kids know service above self and really helping one another,” Juliana Gendelman told the Palm Beach Post. Gendelman is a PBDA parent and Board member, as well as chair of the Jewish Volunteer Center. “They’re more likely to get their friends involved. It’s a great thing when you see people of all ages helping each other.”
We are so proud of all of our students and community members who exemplify PBDA’s “Lead With Honor” mentality and continue to put the needs of others first.