On the Journey
news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Scenes from ACDS's Fourth Annual
MLK Day of Service Learning
What a day! The entire campus was on the go, from a morning assembly with guest speakers right through a snowy afternoon. Scroll down for a photo recap from 2019's lessons and projects designed to get children thinking about their own answers to the question posed by the great civil rights leader:
The day began in an all-school assembly and the big reveal of a collage students made with portraits of all their teachers, as thanks for their service to children. We heard from guest speakers about military service and about the work of a non-profit helping children in Haiti. Then the student leaders explained the plan for the day, which they have been working on for many weeks.
"I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Zoe C., Colby V., Duncan S., Leo H., Tess M., and Ana C. in planning for today's 4th Annual MLK Day of Service," said Morgan Henschke, Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator at ACDS. "These six dynamic Middle School students worked all fall to plan their service stations, prepare for the all school assembly, and practice leading their peers through service projects. They are fabulous examples of leaders and change makers. I can't wait to see what these future leaders of America will do!"
A rotation of service activities kept Fourth and Eighth Graders moving all around campus as they...
sewed sock monkeys for children in Haiti orphanages and engaged in spirited debate about rights and discrimination...
mixed up dough to make dog biscuits for animals at the Aspen Animal Shelter and created ceramic bowls for the March 6 Empty Bowls benefit event...
and cooked a meal to deliver to the Aspen Homeless Shelter.
Meanwhile, in Lower School, PreKindergarteners talked about fairness and kindness and also made yummy snacks to take to the Castle Creek Assisted Living residents:
Kindergarteners discussed ways people are different and the same, and they read books about Dr. King and the civil rights movement...
First Graders made some new friends at the Aspen Animal Shelter, and Second Graders headed downtown to speak with passersby about Dr. King and his "I Have a Dream" speech....
Third Graders completed two new Free Little Libraries that they have been working on for months. These cool mini-lending-libraries will soon be available for all to enjoy on campus!
Thanks to all the teachers, staff, and parent volunteers who made this commemorative day possible.
For all the photos from this special day, see aspencountryday.smugmug.com