Germantown Academy did not let the challenges of being virtual get in the way of the 18th annual Parents’ Committee and Community Service Organization (CSO) Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 18. Prior to the national holiday, the GA community stepped up and donated more than 150 pairs of slippers for veterans, 500 bags of toiletries for families in need, and 600 pairs of socks and snacks for people experiencing homelessness. An additional 200 bars of soap were donated by Soapbox.
For the Day of Service virtual program, Anthony Commale, CSO All-School Coordinator, led the program that included a wonderful reading by Erin von Zuben P’22 ’25 ’31, of The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, trivia questions, and a “I Have a Dream” Padlet of community quotes and thoughts about the significance of the day and what they hope for the world’s future. Nine students shared their “dream” with the more than 120 participants on Zoom - Andrew F. ’29, Isaac F. ’29, Simran Kamal-Bahl ’28, Ariana D. ’27, Sean M. ’26, Taryn D. ’25, Serena Bagga ’23, Alaina Steck ’22, and Harry Hou ’21. and Head of School Rich Schellhas 1760 and Board President Lori Griswold 1760 thanked all of the volunteers and donors for lifting up others in the community and honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
A special thanks go out to the parent volunteers – Genie Hill P’23, Christy Galloway P’22 ’25, Grace Parker ’21, Erin von Zuben P’22 ’25 ’31, and Desrene Freeman P’23 ’23 – and faculty volunteers – Anthony Commale, Glenda Daulerio 1760, Ellen McMichael, Julia Blumenreich 1760, Carlos Chubb, Zora Meddahi-Larbi, and Yvette Marquez.
CLICK HERE for the Smugmug gallery from the event.