Students volunteer for King’s birthday |

Students volunteer for King’s birthday

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyAn Upper School student pulls young children on a sled at Childrens Garden of Learning in Vail.

VAIL – Vail Mountain School community was abuzz with activity on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday.

Tradition at the East Vail private school is to commemorate the civil rights leader by dedicating the day to volunteerism. Leading up to his birthday, students had discussions about King’s achievements and the importance of community service, and on Monday, students in every grade took part in age-appropriate activities “for the sake of others.”

In the Lower School, kindergartners made snowmen and delivered them to the hospital. First and third graders made cookies and delivered them to the police and fire stations. Second and fifth graders made cards and banners for the Ronald McDonald House. Fourth graders made cookies and treats for animals at the local animal shelter.

Middle School students wrote to soldiers overseas.Students in grades eight through 12 volunteered at 12 different organizations in Summit and Eagle counties and Denver, including Grant Avenue Street Reach, McCoy Senior Center, Summit Recycling, Meet the Wilderness, Summit Thrift and Treasure, Eagle County Buddies Program, Ronald McDonald House, World Vision, Edwards Thrift and Treasure, Family Learning Center, Habitat for Humanity, Eagle County Women’s Shelter and Children’s Garden of Learning.

“We know that practicing virtue is the most direct line to becoming virtuous; and we hope that days like today, when our entire school is connecting with the philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., might initiate or reinforce all of the values that support caring for others,” Assistant Headmaster Robert Bandoni said.Vail, Colorado

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