Honoring MLK Jr. Through Service and Gratitude

As a way to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the EA community had opportunities to learn, reflect, and serve leading up to the MLK National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15.

During Lower School Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 10, students learned about how Dr. King lived and modeled the Stripes, especially the Stripe of Generosity. Executive Director of the Office of DEI Erica Snowden explained how Dr. King served others by giving his time, treasures, and talents. "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve," she said, echoing the words of the civil rights activist. Led by EA faculty and staff, students also clapped and sang along to Stevie Wonder's special rendition of "Happy Birthday" in honor of Dr. King's birthday.

Following Chapel, Lower Schoolers took what they learned and put it into action by honoring the legacy of MLK with service. "Throughout the day, class buddies from various grade levels met up in locations in the Lower School to complete three service activities: making cat toys for Providence Animal Center, writing thank you notes to beloved members of our SAGE Dining crew and some of our EA Helpers, and designing butterflies to add to a Lower School mural in recognition of our Chapel theme and to remind us that when we work together, our service can can transform the world," said Lower School Religion and Stripes Teacher Cathie Hicks.

Middle School students also had an opportunity to reflect on the teachings of Dr. King and what it means to serve others. During Middle School Chapel on Thursday, Ms. Snowden shared a portion of Dr. King's The Drum Major Instinct sermon, where he spoke about how everyone can serve others, with the only requirements being "a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love." She also led students in a reflection on what equal rights for all means, and how we can use Dr. King as an inspiration to non-violently fight for ideas about which we feel passionately. "As we think about transforming and renewing our minds...think about a cause that you feel strongly about and how you can share that message and fight for it," Ms. Snowden said.

Additionally, the EAPA hosted a school-wide MLK Day of Service event on Thursday, Jan. 11, where members of the EA community came together in the Dixon Athletic Center to assemble care bags for Project Home's Hub of Hope. "We were so happy to host students, parents, teachers, coaches, and friends for this event as we worked to make a positive difference in the lives of others," said EAPA President Whitney Murphy P '24 '27 '28. 

For additional ways to celebrate "A Day On, Not a Day Off," view a curated list of upcoming MLK Day service and cultural opportunities taking place in our region.