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MLK Day of Service



The Orland School District 135 Board of Education has opted to waive a scheduled school holiday in order to make up for an emergency weather closure on November 26, 2018.  As a result, all D135 schools will be in session on Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

MLK Day has become a Day of Service. To honor Dr. King and his accomplishments, D135 schools not only be teaching about the tremendous impact Dr. King had on our country and the world, but we will also be participating in acts of service during school on January 21.  

High Point has decided to extend their service project throughout January and February, and will be collecting items for the Orland Township Food Pantry. As the food drive continues, High Point students will have the opportunity to visit and volunteer at the Pantry.  This will teach the students how important it is to connect with and give back to the community.

Jerling Junior High and Centennial will also be collecting donations for the food pantry, while Centennial will focus some of their donations on the pet pantry.  In addition to their food pantry donations, Jerling will be collecting winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots for Together We Cope, a local organization that helps families in need.

Meadow Ridge will be kicking off a challenge to students to encourage them to get involved and give back to their community.  Each classroom will select and participate in an activity together over the next month.

Orland Junior High students will have a reading-themed day.  Students will not only be collecting gently used books to be donated, but they will also have time to read together as a school throughout the day.

Park will be hosting assemblies throughout the day that focus on compassion and service, and will be launching their school-wide service project in support of the Ronald McDonald House.

Century Junior High has selected Operation Gratitude as their service project. Students will be writing letters to veterans, first responders, and others who serve to thank them for their service.  Operation Gratitude includes these letters in care packages that are sent all over the world.

Prairie students will be learning about Dr. King in their classes, followed by a reading and writing activity focused on ways they can be a good friend in order to improve their school community.

Students at Center have been working on posters that encompass their own dreams for the people of the world. They have also been learning poems and songs to commemorate Dr. King, and they will come together as an entire school to celebrate, present their posters, and perform on January 21.

Liberty school has selected a separate project for each grade.  Third grade will be creating posters of encouragement for patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital, 4th grade will be creating public service announcements based on a lesson about Dr. King’s accomplishments, and 5th grade will be participating in a service project to assist elderly Orland Park residents.

D135 believes that having students in attendance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will provide an opportunity to not only teach in depth about Dr. King, but also to encourage students to be of service to their community.