Julia Ward ’17 & Carolyn Ward ’15

The Martin Luther King Jr. Event Introduction of Hiller Hearts.

On Monday, January 20th, 2014–Martin Luther King Jr. Day–Tower Hill transformed the cafeteria into a comfortable, coffeehouse environment filled with happy people and the smell of good food. Over the past couple of years, the members of the Community Service club and many other students and volunteers have taken the time out of their day off to put together booths dedicated to helping charities and fundraisers. Tower Hill families have brought in goods to donate to the charities. However, this year, Tower Hill decided to center its community service around children in need. And what better way to celebrate children than to have families come together and enjoy breakfast?

Around 8:30am, families rushed in to indulge in some french toast and eggs. Many were kind enough to bring in delicious side dishes–muffins, breads, fruit, and baked goods; there was a smorgasbord of delicious food. Volunteering students led families to their tables and took their orders. Meanwhile, the kitchen staff worked hard to prepare delectable meals: cracking open eggs, mixing batters, and toasting breads. Ms. Morrow, Reese Radliff, Julia Lindsay, and Sam Murphy performed live music and kept everyone well-entertained as they waited for their meals  (Their performances can be watched at the Tower Hill website under “Recent Videos”).  Kindergarteners decorated tip jars and placemats, and middle schoolers made centerpieces for the tables.

The event was a huge success! People donated luggage, school supplies, winter clothing, and other items to the Child Inc. organization.  The profits were given to Darkness to Light, a parent organization to Stewards of Children, whose mission is to help prevent child abuse, educate the public, and raise awareness on the responsibilities that each individual has to keeping children safe. After the event, plenty of families were seen leaving with full smiles and even fuller stomachs. Overall, the positive feedback was tremendous, and the efforts that went into making the morning impactful went above and beyond expectations. It was the ultimate way to kick off the new Martin Luther King Jr. service day tradition, and many are already looking forward to next year’s festivities. Way to go, Hiller Hearts!