Although bitterly cold weather and several significant snowfalls have certainly interfered with the normal schedule of classes and events on Girard’s campus, we have also been able to enjoy the ornamentation and enchantment that snow has added to our already beautiful campus. Additionally, our students have relished the rare opportunity to simply play in the snow!
Fortuitously, the weather did not thwart the planning or implementation of an important community event here at Girard College: the Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.
Now in its 19th year and the largest such event in the country, the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service was held on Monday, January 20 and boasted more than 125,000 volunteers and 1,700 service projects throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.
I am extremely proud to note that Girard College served again – for the fifth consecutive year – as the event’s “signature site!”
Many members of the Girard community participated in the event, starting with the Junior Cavalier choir that performed at the MLK press conference on January 8, and a cadre of Upper School students who designed and painted one 5’ X 6’ panel of an MLK banner created in collaboration with five other area schools.
On the day of service, students, their families and many Girard staff members were among the 5,000 volunteers who came to our campus to make sure that MLK Day was “a day on … not a day off.” I don’t have room to list all 150 projects and workshops that were part of this year’s efforts, but the variety and reach were staggering. Read more about the MLK Day of Service.
This year’s event had one striking difference. The Philadelphia Orchestra's Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert was held at the Girard College Chapel at 1:30 p.m. As a conclusion to a long and emotional day, the concert was intended to bringing everyone together to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King through music. Read more about the MLK Tribute Concert.
The performance was glorious, and I was particularly excited and proud to see the Chapel packed with people.
As I look ahead toward the rest of the school year, I know I will reflect often on the important role our community played in the 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service.
Clarence D. Armbrister President
Girard College is pleased to hold memberships in several key educational organizations: