The team at CLSFF-DC is enormously grateful to everyone who came from near and far to participate in our 2011 MLK Day service project, to our partners at Teach For America who helped us organize and accomplish the project and, of course, to our fearless leader Lynn, whose vision and support made the day possible.
Our project was to make thousands of teaching materials for hundreds of pre-K, Kindergarten and elementary-aged students in struggling schools across D.C. We were joined by 35 volunteers and 15 Teach For America teachers who will use these resources in their classrooms. Together we created more than 1,500 paper books, 16,000 flashcards and 30 recorded stories!All school supplies were donated to the teachers, students and parents at the schools represented.
Herewith, our project in pictures …
Welcome to our service project.
|We have lots of work to do. (Yep, there’s more index cards in that box under there and on the station tables.)|
|Good thing we have a lot of volunteers and Teach For America teachers to help us—50 to be exact. Our volunteers come from organizations and programs like Moishe House, REALITY Teach For America Israel Experience, ROI, Kivun and more.|
|We are making number, letter and sight word flashcards …|
Recording audio books …
|And creating paper books for leveled reading libraries.|
|But we’re also taking time to get to know each other …|
|To listen to inspiring words from people like Andrew Mandel of Teach For America (hi, Andrew!) and Lisa and Adam from CLSFF-DC …|
|And, of course, to feed our bellies as we nourish our souls.|
|Before we know it, five hours have passed and it’s time to go. The teachers could not be more excited about, and grateful for, the new study materials they have for their students.|
|Though exhausted, everybody feels a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that they spent their day off answering Dr. King’s call to greatness.|
|How did you spend your MLK Day?|