Hillside's MLK Month of Service

Hillside’s Roots & Shoots and Student Council Proudly Present 

Martin Luther King Month of Service 2022


Dear Students & Parents:


During the 1950’s and ’60s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals.  Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Day of Service is designed to transform the federal holiday into a national day of community service where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve their communities.  This year, the Hillside community is excited to continue this tradition in honor of Martin Luther King with a MONTH of service.  


When is it? It will kick off on Monday, January 17th and conclude with a virtual celebration on Thursday, February 17th at 6:00 PM (MLK Month Celebration


What can you do? 

  • Collection for the animal shelter, Family Aid Center, and the Somerset County Food Bank. Collections will start on Tuesday, 1/18/21. What can you donate? 

  • Recycling plastic and plastic bags at Hillside

  • Virtual/Video of reading books for younger students/siblings Student Sample

  • Postcards or cards of kindness  (military, healthcare workers, etc.)

  • Friendly phone calls (For example, nursing homes)

  • Care packages for our Bridgewater heroes (police, EMT, fire, etc.)

  • Virtual fitness activities for seniors

  • Valentine's Day cards for veterans: Please use paper, pencil, glue/glue stick, scissors, crayons, markers, stickers (flags, stars, hearts), etc. to create your card. You can write a nice message like, “Thank you for your service.” or “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “My (relative) served in the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines). 

  • Create a video sharing your talent ( instrument, singing, dancing, etc.) to be shared 

  • Small acts of kindness: share a compliment, etc. 

How do you participate?

  • Please be sure to film the act of service(s) that you complete. 

  • Then, please use this flipgrid link: Click Here to post. Share your reflections. For example, how did MLK Month of Service motivate you to give back? How did you feel after providing the act of service?

  • Permission form for FlipGrid participants: Permission form

  • Please complete and submit your videos by Thursday, February 10th


Why do we participate? Like anything else we learn at Hillside, service learning is a skill we want our community to regularly practice. Additionally, the fifth and sixth grade homerooms that donate the most items for our food bank, animal shelter, and/or family aid center, will win the Student Council trophies.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Smith or Miss Masud.


Sincere regards,

Hillside Roots & Shoots Committee


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