St. Stephen's Church in Boston celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by gathering about 120 volunteers from close to 20 organizations for a service day at the Blackstone Elementary School.
They painted hallways, classrooms, bathrooms and a mural, entered book information into a database for a lending library and organized the book room so teachers can find books for their lessons, among other projects. "It was a great day," reported the Rev. Liz Steinhauser, Priest Associate and Director of Youth Programs.
Participants included members of St. Stephen's, including over half of the Confirmation class and its B-READY afterschool program staff and teens, along with people from City Year, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Tech Mission Corps, Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, All Saints Parish in Brookline, Cornerstone Church, Peace through Play/Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston University, Simmons College library science graduate students and staff from the Blackstone. Life Together intern Meg McDermott led the day with a leadership team she assembled.
Breakfast was provided by "Meet the Worms!"--the philanthropic arm of BL Gruppo run by chef Barbara Lynch, and lunch by Epiphany, Winchester.