G-AHS students, staff honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

As a service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the Civics classes at Greencastle-Antrim High School are collecting items during the home basketball game against Waynesboro for the Waynesboro New Hope Homeless Shelter.  

Students, faculty and the community attending the Friday, Jan. 14, home game are encouraged to bring a canned food item, paper towels or diapers. Spectators who bring one donation will receive $1 off game admission.

In addition, students in two Family and Consumer Science classes will be making casseroles and lasagna that Civics students will be serving to Waynesboro New Hope Shelter residents Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day. Extra casseroles will be donated to the shelter for future meals.

Community members who are interested in donating items to the shelter but cannot attend the basketball game Jan. 14, may bring their donations and deposit them in a designated box in the lobby of the high school main office beginning Jan. 11 to 17 between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the school is open. Civics students are also collecting shelter items through a competition between the classes. In preparation for the project, shelter director Pastor Bill Burcher will be giving presentations to the Civics classes to explain the causes of homelessness, the shelter's services and the challenges the shelter faces. Through classroom lessons students will learn the connection between their service actions and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

These service projects are being sponsored by “STARS” — Students and Teachers Achieving Results through Service. This committee of students and teachers was formed to incorporate service-learning activities into the curriculum. The committee's activities are funded through a federal and state Learn and Serve grant. The STARS committee is comprised of Civics students who were elected by their peers.