Randolph, NJ- To honor Martin Luther King Day, students and staff came together to host senior citizens at Randolph High School’s First Annual Day of Service.
A holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t stop RHS students from volunteering to share their day off with seniors in honor of MLK day. Students worked with parent and teacher organizers to provide games, entertainment, and a meaningful experience between community members.
Jeanne Stifelman. PTO president, helped Debbie Iosso, RHS Principal, organize this event, which ran from 9 am to noon at RHS on Martin Luther King day.
“To me, the first place to look for - to do service - is in your own community”, said Stifelman. In organizing the event, Mrs. Stifelman knew that Randolph works closely with the Senior Citizen community and offers many programs to them. She coordinated with the parks and recreation department to plan activities.
“I’ve always wanted to partake in a day of service on Martin Luther King Day. This is an awesome opportunity to partner up with my colleagues and students on a day that should be honoring Martin Luther King Jr., and his message to us all,” shared Diane Nack, a learning consultant at RHS who volunteered at the event. Ms. Nack and her daughter enjoyed assisting the seniors as they played bingo.
“I’m so happy that I was able to help out the community in the first ever RHS MLK Service Day”, exclaimed Amanda Bloom, who brought baked goods and served seniors during the event.
MLK Service Day began at 9 a.m. as students arrived with their baked goods and positive energy to play bingo and entertain the seniors. RHS Band and Choir Members shared their musical talent to enhance the experience. The seniors arrived after 9:30 and enjoyed some refreshments and baked goods while bingo was still being set up. The intense bingo games soon commenced, and winners were given a choice of either a Randolph “All-In” Shirt, a blue candy-filled mug, or a Randolph bag. Those who did not win bingo still received an MLK Service Day T-Shirt.
As students helped to clean up after the event, principal Iosso reflected on the day’s success and shared her vision to expand offerings and include opportunities for all RHS students to participate in next year’s events, as spots filled quickly this year.
Other activities and service projects occurred as well in many locations including the following:
- RHS Athlete volunteers hosted a Unified Coaches Clinic in the Gym
- Cerebral Palsy High School NJ
- Interfaith Food Pantry
- Homeless Solutions
- Sunrise Assisted Living in Randolph
- Food Drive for Interfaith Food Pantry
- Food Drive for Randolph Animal Shelter
- Brief introduction from RHS Administration
Editor’s Note: Sarah Halpern, a TAPinto.net Randolph High School TAP Club reporter, wrote this article and volunteered at RHS’s Martin Luther King Day of Service