Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service – No Classes
Each year on MLK Day, ASCA students, staff and their families honor Dr. King's life and legacy through various acts of service. School is not in session on MLK day. Instead, students are asked to perform an act of service.
Students will be asked to fill out a reflection form on the service they've completed. Reflection forms will be provided by your teacher, and should be submitted to your homeroom teacher by the deadline on the form.
MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
ASPA's Community Outreach Committee is pleased to offer multiple options for service activities. We hope that you will all have fun while helping others and getting to know members of our ASCA family!
Please keep in mind, you are not limited to these activities; feel free to create and complete your own (Covid-safe) act of service in your home or neighborhood. For example, you may choose to help a neighbor with chores or shovel their snow, write a letter to a senior citizen or active-duty military personnel, and/or volunteer with your family at an organization close to your heart. The community service activity can be completed any time during the month of January to allow families to complete community service opportunities in a way that works for them. We encourage you to find an activity that matches your passion and participate wholeheartedly.
Remember that a MLK Day of Service Reflection Form must be completed and turned in by the deadline, for your student to receive attendance credit for this day.
Questions about sign ups? Email Laura Viquez at email@example.com or text Anne Soto at 815.715.2019.
1. Card Making for St. Elizabeth Seton's Caring Cards Ministry
Location: ASCA Cafeteria
- Session 1: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
- Session 2: 10:00AM - 11:00AM
- Session 3: 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Description: ASCA families make uplifting and prayerful cards for parishioners and/or their loved ones who are chronically ill, elderly/lonely, or recently widowed. Cards will be sent monthly and all information is kept confidential. Our goal is 125 Valentine’s Day cards and 125 Spring-themed cards. Be creative and have fun while bringing JOY to others in our community! All ages are welcome. Space is limited in keeping with ASCA Cafeteria's Covid protocol. Masks are REQUIRED for this event.
Sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C45ABAB2FA7FB6-mlkday
2. Feed My Starving Children
Volunteer Age Guidelines
Please follow this student-to-adult ratio when registering to volunteer:
For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed in our packing area (sorry, no exceptions)
- Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult*
- Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
- Grades 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
- Grades 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult
Everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
To comply with FDA requirements and remove all opportunity for foreign objects to fall into our life-saving meals (which could cause choking, tooth breakage and more), FMSC volunteers must remove all jewelry and/or accessories before packing.
For more information about FMSC's jewelry policy, please click here.
If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please stay home. All volunteers are expected to follow CDC guidelines related to masks. Masks are strongly recommended for all staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. FMSC will not request proof of vaccination and trusts its volunteers and staff to make decisions that will best support the health and safety of its staff and volunteers alike.
Based on the statewide mandate from Illinois effective 8/30/2021, all volunteers and employees at our Illinois sites will be required to wear facemasks regardless of vaccination status. All volunteers will go through a verbal symptom screening.
Social distancing: Members of a group will not be socially distanced from each other, but will be socially distanced from other groups. However, larger groups will be split into smaller subgroups that will be socially distanced from each other.
If you, or anyone in your group develops symptoms while packing, you and your entire group will be asked to leave immediately. If you are in a high risk category, please stay home. A reservation is required to pack. No walk-ins can be accepted.
You may read more about FMSC's COVID-19 Safety Measures here.
Click here for the MLK Day of Service Form.