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Kent Place Community Gives Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Kent Place Community Gives Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16, Kent Place School was closed to honor the civil rights leader. The community, however, decided to make this day off “a day on.” More than 200 volunteers — students, parents, Trustees, staff, faculty, and their families — came together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King through acts of kindness and generosity. 

The MLK Day of Service was organized by Kent Place’s Diversity and Equity Parent Group (DEPG) and led by parent representatives Allison Rosefort P ’32 ’34, Marsha Williams P ’31, and Jeanne Gordon P ’25, with support from KPS faculty and staff. Community members signed up for various services, on and off campus, and even acts of service that could be done from the comfort of home. 

“The group of volunteers dedicated themselves to honoring the memory of Dr. King through amazing acts,” says Ms. Gordon. “Together, we packed 130 beauty bags for the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center, in Newark; 200 dental kits and almost 400 period packs for Toni’s Kitchen, in Montclair; and 150 soup kits for MEND.”

In addition, says Ms. Gordon, “the group made hundreds of thank-you cards for military personnel and healthcare workers, delivered fresh-baked goods for Toni’s Kitchen, and made ‘snow day’ lunches at GRACE food pantry, in Summit, for children to have access to meals at home.” 

Ms. Williams describes the experience with a quote from Publilius Syrus: “Where there is unity there is always victory." Unity was certainly a hallmark of the day.

Thank you to the DEPG, the parent leaders, and the many volunteers for making Kent Place School’s MLK Day of Service such a meaningful tribute to Dr. King.