COLLEGEVILLE – Hoping to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of Perkiomen Valley School District students served others as part of PV’s fourth annual Day of Service event held on Jan. 18.

Instead of taking a day off for the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Day, students and staff members made it a “day on” by volunteering. Some students served at Perkiomen Valley High School, while others traveled to locations across the community.

Approximately 300 elementary school students rotated through nine different service stations and participated in the following activities:

· Recycling jeans and cutting them into patterns for Sole Hope, an organization that creates shoes from the denim patterns for children in Uganda. Through this activity, Perkiomen Valley School District will be donating enough material for 160 pairs of shoes.

· Recycling plastic bags to create “plarn,” which will be used to crochet blankets for Angels in Motion, a non-profit organization that provides assistance for homeless addicts in Philadelphia.

· Creating encouragement jars for the Center for Loss and Bereavement, a Skippack organization that serves individuals coping with death.

· Creating bags of birthday supplies for children who may be at a group home or juvenile center without access to typical birthday party frills.

· Writing postcards and sending them to Send the Kids the World, an organization that distributes notes of cheer to children who are homebound due to illness or disability.

· Creating braided dog toys for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

· Creating fleece blankets for Project Linus, an organization that donates blankets to children in need.

· Coloring pictures for, a non-profit organization that sends cheerful works of art to the military and nursing homes.

· Creating care packages for military members serving here and abroad.

Perkiomen Valley High School students assisted their younger peers with these activities. In addition, dozens more high school students spread out across the area to run a clothing drive at Trappe Fire Company for Cradles to Crayons, help out at the Perkiomen Valley Library in Schwenksville, collect food at the Daily Bread Food Pantry, clean up Norristown parks with the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League, cleaned up at Trappe and Collegeville fire companies, and made “Welcome Back to School” cards and prepared clothing bags at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Conshohocken.

This is the fourth year Perkiomen Valley School District has organized a Day of Service. The district is thankful for the donations and support of the following businesses and organizations:

Skippack Elementary Home and School Association
Kurtz Brothers
Pinnacle Foods
Walmart (Harleysville)
Student Transportation of America

“We are grateful for these donors, who contributed funds or materials needed for our Day of Service. It is gratifying to see the Day of Service growing and the interest that our community has in serving others,” said Mrs. Jessica Lester, Manager of School and Community Engagement. “The volunteer slots we make available always fill up quickly. We are fortunate to be able to provide an opportunity to families who want to honor Dr. King’s legacy in a meaningful way, and are thankful to those who came out to join us on this national day of service.”

Perkiomen Valley High School is located at 509 Gravel Pike in Collegeville.