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Private school students use Martin Luther King holiday for learning, serving

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For private school children in the Baltimore area, Martin Luther King Day 2013 promises to be a busy day. At some schools, students will attend special programs with guest speakers; at others, students will participate in a day-of-service; and still others will be hitting the books, as it is exam week. Here's a sample of what's going on today.

Oldfields' Assembly educates students

At Oldfields School, Martin Luther King Day provides an opportunity to educate local students as well as the school's international population, about the slain Civil Rights Leader. Coordinated by the Black Awareness Club (BAC) today's Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly features a panel discussion with alumnae and performances by Oldfields’ step team, Steppers, and the school's R&B a cappella group, Images.

“I’m always excited for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Open House Assembly," says Christine Gilmore, faculty advisor to the BAC. "It’s so wonderful to brainstorm innovative ideas with the sharp, young minds in our Black Awareness Club (BAC) about the best way to stay the course of cultural competence and celebrate and honor such a great mind at the same time.”

Friends School community participates in Day of Service

Although school is officially closed today, Friends offers students from kindergarten to grade 12 the opportunity to participate in more than 20 service projects. The coordinators anticipate more than 450 students will be volunteering. On campus, groups are making fleece blankets for the Ronald McDonald House and friendship bracelets for children in Nicaragua. Kids of all ages and their families are stocking the freezer at Our Daily Bread with a variety of homemade casseroles, and older students will venture into the community to serve meals at the soup kitchen, as well as the Helping Up Mission and My Sister's Place Women's Center.

RPCS 8th grade singers to attend Inauguration, others learn and serve

  • The Roland Park Country School (RPCS) 8th Grade Singers, a group of ten girls who sing a cappella, spent the weekend in Washington DC participating in an adjudicated inaugural choral festival. Coordinated by Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs, the national organization gives students an opportunity to perform for a panel of nationally-renowned adjudicators and to listen to other student musicians from all around the country. While in Washington, the RPCS 8th graders will witness the Presidential Inauguration and the Inaugural Parade. What a great opportunity to share a momentous occasion in our nation’s history.
  • Another group of RPCS students will spend the holiday learning on the half-day Love One Another Museum Tour. The group will watch the presidential inauguration live at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, which they are planning to tour. Other Love One Another tour stops include the Walter's Art Museum to see the African Presence in Renaissance Europe exhibit and a riding tour of the Baltimore Love Project murals.
  • RPCS students who are staying home today are encouraged to make Baskets of Love for donation to area youth in foster care. Using laundry baskets or duffels, girls will fill them with toiletries, household necessities, and other essentials. The baskets will benefit the children of the K.E.Y.S. program, an affiliate of KidsPeace.

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