Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Over 350 volunteers from around the Delaware Valley spent their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League.
On the morning of Jan. 21, over 350 people listened intently as youth from the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League (GNPAL) took turns reading aloud the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Addressing the audience from high above in the gymnasium’s balcony, the youth proudly proclaimed the words of King, whose speech relayed his dream that one day citizens of this nation will be free to be judged, not by how they look but on what they do. Before reaching the end of the speech, the audience, most of whom were strangers at that point, was then asked to clasp hands and in unison proclaim the last words of King’s speech: "Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" This was how the …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Patch has some great ideas for teaching your kids about diversity and acceptance this Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21.
Your child might think of Monday, Jan. 21 as just another day off from school. But you can use Martin Luther King Jr., Day as an opportunity to teach them about the civil rights movement, the importance of racial equality, Martin Luther King Jr., and his legacy. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., Day by talking to your children about King. What do they know about the man, and about the civil rights movement? What do they know about King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech? What do they believe was his intended message? Ask your children to tell you what they've learned about King, and then help fill in the gaps. (Many children think Dr. King was a phyician!) For example, do they know that he was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Patch has your quick go-to guide for what's open and what's closed on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 21.
This year, the observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 21. According to the Office of Personnel Management, by federal law, it is a public holiday for federal employees, with the exception of those in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax counties and Arlington City in Virginia, where the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday is celebrated concurrently with Inauguration Day. As such, in Montgomery County, PA, post offices will be closed, there will be no residential mail delivery, and state, federal and many municipal government offices will be closed. Most banks will also be closed. Here is a list of other things that might be …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Looking for something to do in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.? Patch has a list of worthwhile events and volunteer opportunities on MLK Day.
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Friday, January 18, 2013
For the third year, Bridle Path Elementary students in the North Penn School District collected, bagged and donated breakfast meals for clients at Manna on Main Street and Lamb Foundation, and winter coats for North Penn Boys and Girls Club
They took a small piece of their day to make a big difference. For the third year in a row, and in the 50th anniversary year of the March on Washington, Bridle Path Elementary students on Thursday improved the lives of clients of Manna on Main Street in Lansdale and Lamb Foundation in North Wales, and the lives of members of the North Penn Boys and Girls Club in Lansdale. Students and their parents collected breakfast items, such as oatmeal, hot chocolate, raisins, granola and the like, bagged them and donated them to the Lansdale food pantry and soup kitchen, and the North Wales Borough supportive housing organization. The student council at Bridle Path also banded together to collect winter coats for the young members of the North Penn …