For the sixth year in a row, Westchester Day School commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a family day of service rooted in community service projects to benefit the local Westchester community. In advance of MLK Day, Westchester Day School collected food and clothing to be donated to the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force and WJCS Kids’ Kloset. On Sunday morning, faculty and students stood outside Stop and Shop on Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck to collect additional food from shoppers, and then the food and clothing was sorted and prepared for donation once everyone returned to WDS. Over 30 boxes of food and 30 bags of clothing were collected.
Rabbi Stephen Knapp, middle school assistant principal who organized the program, said, “This was a great day for the Westchester Day School community. It is always a highlight for the students, their families and the faculty to be able to come together to do chesed and to reinforce the important lessons of charity and community that we teach in school on a daily basis.”
Rabbi Knapp stressed for the students the importance of being contributing members of the local community, reinforcing the choice to support WJCS Kids’ Kloset, a volunteer-driven program that provides Westchester County children and families in need with donated clothing and related items free of charge, and the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, an all-volunteer coalition that assists local families who need food and runs a food pantry.
Mr. Frank Kaufman, WDS boys physical education teacher, who stood at Stop and Shop with the students, said, “It was a beautiful day both weather-wise and giving the students the experience of giving back to those less fortunate than themselves. I was happy to be part of this experience.”