Aimee Dietrich’s fourth-grade class at Albert M. Greenfield School in Center City celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day early this year.
On Friday, Jan. 9, the class welcomed students from Temple’s College of Education for a special lesson on giving, community service and the importance of celebrating King’s memory.
Community service is an idea that Dietrich instills in her class throughout the year, and her work has paid off.
“It’s important to help people,” said 10-year-old Spencer Rosman, who donates a portion of his allowance to charity. “If we didn’t, there would be tons of people out there who needed help.”
The College of Education students also learned from the experience.
“Working in a real classroom gives me the opportunity to put what I’ve learned in my degree program into action,” said early education major Vanessa Serrano, Class of 2015.
After the lesson on King, the elementary students exemplified the importance of giving back to the community by creating get-well cards, which will be delivered to patients at Temple University Hospital.
“The spirit of MLK continues to inform our mission at the College of Education and fuels our students and alumni to give back to communities as servant leaders committed to enhancing equality of opportunity in society,” said Gregory Anderson, dean of the College of Education.
The annual event is organized by Institutional Advancement at Temple to encourage students to participate in community service.