G-A students learn about Martin Luther King on school day

PAT FRIDGEN
Amber Nichols, Karleigh Jackson, Caitlin Clever and Amanda Thorne prepared lasagna in their Independent Living class Monday morning. It became the evening meal for residents of the New Hope Homeless Shelter in Waynesboro that evening.

Children in the Greencastle-Antrim School District went to class on Monday, Jan. 17, which was also Martin Luther King Day. The high school students took the opportunity to complete a community service project, which started last week with a call to the community to donate canned goods, paper towels and diapers for the Waynesboro New Hope Homeless Shelter.

Residents dropped items off at the school, and some people who attended the Greencastle/Waynesboro boys basketball game on Friday made donations for a discounted admission fee.

On Monday Family and Consumer Sciences classes of Daphne Murray and Pat Walls baked lasagna and Spanish pasta casseroles. The delivery to the shelter included 262 pantry items and nine large food dishes.

Civics students Shannon Starr, Aaron Miller, Rebecca Sourbrier, Nicole Lawhead, Maya Jefferson and Abbi Byers, along with Civics teachers Ellen Kirkner and Van Adams, and counselor Diane Reed, served the residents and cleaned up afterwards.

Kirkner was pleased with the activity

"The students interacted with the residents. They talked to them in a respectful manner and treated them with dignity," she said. "There was a lot of good will generated from the experience. Some kids now want to volunteer at the shelter and more than one asked when we could go again."