Skip to main content

Honoring King's legacy with a day of service

01/21/2014 01:55PM, Published by ACL, Categories: Schools, In Print


Students sorted food donations for the Kennett Food Cupboard on Jan. 20 before packed boxes were loaded onto a tractor trailer.



By John Chambless

Staff Writer

The spirit of giving was alive at Unionville High School on Monday morning as hundreds of students turned a day off from school into a day of giving to the community.

Image title

The Martin Luther King Day of Service brought out members of the National Honor Society, who were able to count their hours of service, as well as teens from Kennett and Unionville who just wanted to help out. At 8:30 a.m., after Unionville High School assistant principal Jim Conley led the crowd in some enthusiastic clapping, volunteer Dori Roper stood on a chair in the cafeteria and called for attention.

“The biggest request we have is for you to picture a family that doesn't have anything in their cupboards to eat,” she told the teens. “You're handling their meal. Handle it with care. Be a good steward of all these donations, because you're feeding people who really, really need it.”

Students also met at the school and took buses to other sites in the county, including Care of Chester County, Chadds Ford Elementary School, the Kennett Garage, and Mission Santa Maria. Members of St. Michael's Lutheran Church mingled with the student volunteers, teachers, administrators, and other people from the community as the frenzy of packing food boxes got underway.

Taking a brief break in the midst of the semi-organized chaos, Jim Conley said, “There's a huge turnout this year. We had 190 students, and over 40 adults, with more walk-ins. It's a good problem to have. We also have four off-campus sites, and next year, I want to try to get us to seven off-campus sites. That's the goal.”

Later, Dori Roper said the goal every year is to finish and lock the truck's doors at about 1 p.m. “Last year we loaded 400 cases of food,” she said, “and we've been growing that number by about 100 cases every year.”

This year, 1,500 pounds of fresh carrots, potatoes, garlic, lemons and limes were donated by a merchant at the Booth's Corner Farmers Market at cost. The money to buy the food came from the Longwood Rotary, and was matched by an anonymous corporation, Roper said. That $2,000 total will be spread out over the next few weeks to keep the shelves full at the Kennett Food Cupboard.

Elsewhere in the school district on Monday morning, young students from Chadds Ford Elementary School made crafts for hospitalized children, students from Hillendale Elementary took part in a soup kitchen and made bag lunches, students from Pocopson Elementary made fleece blankets and bookmarks, and students from Patton Middle School volunteered at the Pocopson Home or helped clean up Anson B. Nixon Park. 

At the other end of Chester County, students from Oxford High School's Helping Hands Community Service Club also fanned out across the area to volunteer on Monday morning. At the Oxford Public Library, students Samantha Williams, Brianne Bennett and Keenan Bowers got an orientation from staff member Linda Teel and then got to work dusting bookshelves and straightening books and DVDs. Bowers said the Helping Hands Club is very popular at the school, with more than 100 members who volunteer throughout the year.

On Monday, there were also student volunteers playing games with children at the Oxford Community Preschool, cleaning the Oxford Senior Center and Church of the Sacred Heart, doing office chores at Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., cleaning and straightening items at the Neighborhood Services Thrift Shop, and cleaning the Lighthouse Youth Center in Oxford. 

The Spirit of Giving Luncheon to benefit the Oxford Neighborhood Services Center capped the day's events in Oxford, with an elegant lunch in the Oxford High School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



unionville high school kennett high school oxford high school kennett food cupboard chadds ford elementary school mlk day day of service martin luther king jr day martin luther king day of service oxford high school's helping hands community service club kennett garage mission santa maria


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/27/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    02/27/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/01/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/01/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time

    03/02/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Enjoy drawing and painting in the company of others in a relaxed, supportive environment. Begin a...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Nature Studio

    03/02/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/02/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/02/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/03/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • March First Friday

    03/03/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Come to Downtown Oxford and Get Lucky! Play Downtown Oxford BINGO, shop, eat and have fun!


  • Grace Bible Chapel Hosts Mark Cable In Concert

    03/03/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Singer, songwriter and humorist Mark Cable will be in concert at Grace Bible Chapel, 1949 Joseph ...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/03/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/27/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    02/27/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Drop in on Nature

    02/28/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/28/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/28/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/01/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/01/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time

    03/02/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Enjoy drawing and painting in the company of others in a relaxed, supportive environment. Begin a...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Nature Studio

    03/02/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/02/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/02/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/03/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • March First Friday

    03/03/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Come to Downtown Oxford and Get Lucky! Play Downtown Oxford BINGO, shop, eat and have fun!


  • Grace Bible Chapel Hosts Mark Cable In Concert

    03/03/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Singer, songwriter and humorist Mark Cable will be in concert at Grace Bible Chapel, 1949 Joseph ...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/03/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/04/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Enhancing Life in the Soil

    03/04/2017
    10:00AM — 02:30PM

    Native plant communities are supported by healthy, balanced soils that contain a diverse array of...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Meet Your Theatre Match at THE MATCHMAKER!

    03/04/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Looking for the perfect theatre companion? Join fellow theatre fans for a wine and cheese recepti...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/04/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • 2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Show

    03/05/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Club Coin Show March 5, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM Free Admission ...


  • 2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Show

    03/05/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Club Coin Show March 5, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM Free Admission ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/05/2017
    12:00PM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pruning Field Day

    03/05/2017
    12:00PM — 03:00PM

    Caring for fruit trees means that you also have to prune them. But how do you know what to cut of...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/05/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/06/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    03/06/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • Seeking Part-time Paid Volunteer

    03/07/2017
    12:00AM — 11:00PM

    Seeking local coordinator for high school exchange program. Locate and train volunteer host famil...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/07/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/07/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Spring Wreaths

    03/07/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Register to make an spring fabric wreath. Please bring at least 2 yards of fabric of your choice ...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/07/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Pippin

    03/07/2017
    07:30PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/08/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pippin

    03/08/2017
    02:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Landscape for Life

    03/08/2017
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    Create healthy, beautiful landscapes using a toolkit of basic skills that work in harmony with na...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/08/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Pippin

    03/08/2017
    07:30PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/09/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/09/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Nature Studio

    03/09/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/09/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/09/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Pippin

    03/09/2017
    07:30PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/10/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/10/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pippin

    03/10/2017
    08:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • 2017 Women's Leadership Summit

    03/11/2017
    08:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Junior League of Wilmington invites you to attend the Second Annual Women's Leadership Summit...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/11/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pruning Field Day

    03/11/2017
    12:00PM — 03:00PM

    Caring for fruit trees means that you also have to prune them. But how do you know what to cut of...


  • Pippin

    03/11/2017
    02:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/11/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pippin

    03/11/2017
    08:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/12/2017
    12:00PM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pippin

    03/12/2017
    02:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Artisanal Tasting Event

    03/12/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Join us at the winery on March 12th from 2-6pm for our highly anticipated artisanal tasting event...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/12/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/13/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    03/13/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/14/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/14/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/15/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/16/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/16/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Nature Studio

    03/16/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/16/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/17/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/18/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Play K

    03/18/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Learn the skills needed for success in Kindergarten! Children 3 to 5, with their caregivers, are ...


  • Public Archaeology Days

    03/18/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Public Archaeology Days invite volunteers to assist our professional archaeologists with site exc...


  • Liberate Your Home Landscape Plants

    03/18/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    All too often we design our gardens and landscapes with static compositions of carefully placed a...


  • Camelot

    03/18/2017
    06:00PM

    One of the most beloved musicals in Broadway history CAMELOT, with book and lyrics by Moss Hart a...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Reptiles and amphibians need lots of space in various habitats to survive. Learn how and why thes...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/19/2017
    12:00PM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Home Landscaping Basics: Getting Started

    03/19/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Explore ways to create diverse, attractive, and functional landscapes using basic principles of n...


  • Camelot

    03/19/2017
    01:00PM

    One of the most beloved musicals in Broadway history CAMELOT, with book and lyrics by Moss Hart a...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/20/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    03/20/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


Chester County High School Sports