Martin Luther King Day of Service - No Classes
While students will not be in class on this day, they will be out in our community doing acts of service.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply committed to serving others. Each year on MLK Day, the students of ASCA honor Dr. King through acts of service. School is not in session on MLK day. Instead, students are asked to perform an act of service.
The ASCA Day of Service is about giving of yourself for the benefit of others. It is incredibly important to reflect on how the activity impacts you; therefore, each student is asked to fill out a reflection form on the service they completed. Each student must complete and submit this form to their classroom teacher by Friday, February 7, 2020.
Click here for the MLK Day Reflection Form
SHPP’s Community Outreach Committee has scheduled multiple service activities for your convenience. These activities and the related signup links can be found in the list below.
Have fun, help others and get to know members of our ASCA family!
However, you are not limited to this list, as you can feel free to create and complete your own act of service in your home or neighborhood. For example, you may choose to help a neighbor with chores, write a letter to a senior citizen, and/or volunteer with your family at an organization close to your heart. Not considered an act of service? Cleaning your room (this is something that you should always do).
The community service activity can be completed any time from now throughout the month of January. This, hopefully, allows each family adequate time to complete a community service opportunity in a way that works for them. We encourage you to find an activity that matches your passion and to participate wholeheartedly.
If you have specific questions regarding a planned activity, please contact Robin Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
**Requirement** Each student must complete and return the reflection form their classroom teacher by Friday, February 7, 2020 to receive attendance credit for MLK Day (Monday, January 20, 2020).
MLK Day Volunteer Opportunities
1. Feed My Starving Children
Location: 555 Exchange Court Aurora, IL 60504
Description: Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s hungry children in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and the meals are shipped to distribution partners. While at FMSC, you will pack food for those in need in a fun, music-filled, interactive environment. You can enjoy the company of other ASCA families while helping others around the world!
FOUR SESSIONS are available:
Session 1: Saturday, January 18, 2020: 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Session 2: Saturday, January 18, 2020: 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Session 3: Monday, January 20, 2020: 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Session 4: Monday, January 20, 2020: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Age guidelines are as follows:
This activity is for children ages 5 and up. For Grades K-2 there must be one adult volunteer per child volunteer. For Grades 3 and up, we ask for one parent volunteer to participate per family.
Sign up directly through the link next to your preferred session. Agree to the volunteer guidelines/requirements and click “confirm”. “Log in” or “Create a New Account” and once you have entered your information, you can click “Add Member Names” to add your children. It is highly recommended that you do not wait to reserve your spot as these reservations fill quickly. Also, one week before the session, FMSC may release any of our empty spots to other volunteer groups, in order to fill their sessions.
2. St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Caring Cards Ministry
Location: ASCA Cafeteria
Session: Monday, January 20, 2020, 10:00AM – 11:30AM
For the safety of all students, parents/caregivers are required to stay with their children during the session. All ages are welcome!
Description: ASCA volunteers make uplifting and prayerful Valentine’s Day cards for parishioners and/or their loved ones who are chronically ill, elderly/lonely, or recently widowed. Be creative and have fun while helping others in our community! The parishioners of St. Elizabeth Seton LOVE receiving cards from our students!
If you are able to bring materials to make cards (such as paper, pens/pencils, markers, scissors, stickers, glue etc.) that would be wonderful! Also, if you would like to bring any items to contribute to the Loaves and Fishes birthday bags, this activity will also be going on in the cafeteria. (See the information below.) Thank you!
Registration Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4EAFA72EA31-allsaints
3. Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Birthday Bag Bonanza!
Location: ASCA Cafeteria
Session: Monday, January 20, 2020, 9:30AM – 11:00AM
For the safety of all students, parents/caregivers are required to stay with their students during the session. All ages are welcome!
Description: Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry serves our community by providing fresh, healthy food to those in need. Loaves and Fishes presents birthday bags to families with children ages 2-12 to help them celebrate their special day. You can make birthdays brighter by creating birthday bags for their clients! If you would like to volunteer for this event, we ask that you bring items to place into birthday bags, which we will assemble together.
Here are some suggestions:
- A birthday gift bag (The bags and items inside can be generic or oriented towards a boy or girl.)
- Small Toys (Books, coloring books, small stuffed animals, action figures, activity books, puzzles, small games)
- Birthday plates, napkins, cups
- Party Favors
- Balloons or other decorations
Please indicate in the sign up, the items you would like to bring. Thank you, in advance, for your donations!
Registration Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4eafa72ea31-loaves
4. St. Patrick’s Residence
Location: St. Patrick’s Residence 1400 Brookdale Rd. Naperville
Session: Monday, January 20, 2020: 2:00PM – 3:00PM for 14 student volunteers (not including parents)
AGE REQUIREMENT: Grades 3-8
Description: Students will play games with residents of St. Patrick’s. Students are encouraged to bring games such as cards, UNO, checkers or other board games, if possible. This is a fun way to brighten someone’s day!
Registration Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4EAFA72EA31-playing1
5. West Suburban Community Pantry
Location: 6809 Hobson Valley Drive Woodridge, IL 60517
Session: Monday, January 20, 2020. We are waiting to hear back from West Suburban Food Pantry regarding the timing of this event. We will post this sign up, when it becomes available.
To Sign Up: Click here.
Description: The West Suburban Community Pantry offers food for the hungry and resources to empower persons to improve the quality of life. Our vision is a community without hunger. Volunteers will organize and pack meals for families while learning about the vital importance of access to balanced meals and healthy food. This wonderful organization will inspire you. Come and learn more about helping others in our community!
6. St. Margaret Mary Parish Clean-up
Location: St. Margaret Mary Parish 1450 Green Trails Dr. Naperville
Session: We will be scheduling this opportunity with the parish in the upcoming weeks.
Facilitator: Terri Dieter
Description: ASCA volunteers assist the parish by cleaning pews and vacuuming the church.
*Please note that Benedictine University will not be offering their Day of Service to the community, as they have in previous years. We know that many of you chose to participate in this annual event, and we wanted to make you aware of their schedule change. Their Day of Service on 1/20/20 is for their students only.
Questions? Please email Anne Soto at email@example.com or Robin Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions. Thank you!