Sanford School Honors MLK with Day of Service

Sanford students could be found just about anywhere – except school today. From the Salvation Army in downtown Wilmington to the Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark and the stables at Quest Therapeutic Services in West Chester, students from Pre-K to 12 volunteered at more than a dozen area non-profits. Each year Sanford School honors Martin Luther King Day with a Day of Service, which takes weeks of planning and coordinating.

Several Sanford students enjoyed cleaning the stables and riding ring at “Quest” — a non-profit pediatric hippotherapy facility offering physical, occupational and speech therapy programs. Fifth graders collected gently worn clothes all fall for the Clothing Bank of Delaware. Sixth graders collected canned goods and other food items for weeks before sorting and delivering them today to the Southern Chester Food Bank. Several high schoolers pitched in to help at Faithful Friends Animal Society.

Eighth graders collected supplies for Supporting KIDDS in Hockessin and volunteered there today by helping to put away holiday decorations, sorting books in the library and making Valentines cards for the teens who rely on the non-profit for support and care. Another group of eighth graders visited the Cokesbury Village senior community today, where they played bingo with residents, enjoyed casual conversation, and sat down with them for lunch. “We like to make sure our students and the organizations we serve get the most out of this experience,” said Sanford Middle School Head Eph Humphreys.

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