MEDFIELD — Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden and Principal Nathaniel Vaughn are pleased to share that Medfield’s Blake Middle School participated in service activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month.
On Monday, Jan. 20, Blake Middle School hosted its annual Day of Service. The school opens for the day and students are encouraged to help clean classrooms for a few hours. Students helped clean all classrooms in the school – which was about 46 – which included projects like organizing books and recess equipment and wiping down the whiteboards, desks and chairs. Once they finished cleaning a classroom, they left a note to let the teacher know that they helped to neaten their classroom.
Students also spent time that day making Valentine cards for veterans which will be given to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the coming weeks.
In all, 36 students worked together to help clean the classrooms and contribute to Blake’s Day of Service.
“It’s great to see the number of students who are willing to come to school on their day off and put in a few hours of work to help out their teachers,” Principal Vaughn said. “We are always looking for ways to provide our students with opportunities to give back to their community, and it’s nice to hold this school tradition each year to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.”
In conjunction with the Day of Service, Blake Middle School also hosted its sixth annual blood drive. Middle school students assisted social studies teacher Cynthia McClelland in coordinating the drive by promoting the event, recruiting donors and running the stations during the drive. Several of McClelland’s former students who now attend Medfield High School also returned to help with the drive.
The drive collected 87 units of blood and 28 people were first-time donors.
“Every year I am in awe of the impact participating in coordinating the blood drive has on the students who help,” McClelland said. “They understand how important donating blood is for the community and they feel a sense of pride that they did something important and special. We’re proud that the drive not only provided much-needed blood, but that there were so many first-time donors, and we hope that will bring in more donors in the future.”