While many of us had Monday "off" from school and work, a group of Fenn students, faculty, and parents decided that the best way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy was through service. And so for the first time in Fenn's history, the MLK Jr. holiday took on the purpose of uniting members of the Fenn community to help others. Tete Cobblah, director of diversity, at Fenn said, "The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service provides an opportunity to serve others and demonstrate Dr. King’s life and teachings through community service." The Student Diversity Committee and other Fenn students set out to understand that service is not relegated to a single day or month but is always needed, even on holidays. There were 30 Fenn students, six faculty chaperones, and four parent volunteers who joined the almost 3,000 volunteers at the Cambridge City Hall on Monday. This force of volunteers made fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children and adults, Valentines for elders and veterans, and sorted out food, winter clothing, books, and toiletries for people in need.
Taking the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. to heart, this group of Fenn volunteers believes that, "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." (Martin Luther King Jr.)