“The time is always right to do what is right.” That quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies the spirit of 23 PPL volunteers who visited Bethlehem’s Fountain Hill Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 13, to honor the memory of King.
PPL, along with Moravian College and Liberty High School students, read diversity-themed books in each classroom and encouraged discussions on the importance of working together. PPL donated 613 copies of the books, one for each student.
“Sharing MLK day with the students at Fountain Hill Elementary was a real treat,” said Victoria Diaz, operations distribution scheduler. “The children listened to a story and then participated in a project that focused on words that expressed Dr. King’s legacy such as love, equality and respect. As I spoke to the students, they were excited to come up with words and phrases of their own to go along with the theme of the day. It was a great experience.”
For Robert Durfey, IT systems engineer-lead, stepping into the school halls was a bit nostalgic. “It was a wonderful experience returning to my sixth-grade alma mater along with Moravian College students,” he said. “The second graders were eager to read the books they received and energetically completed their strength in unity puzzle.”
Beverly Bradley, president of Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley and coordinator of the event, was grateful for PPL’s participation. “Martin Luther King Jr. had to be smiling as he looked down upon the assembled children and volunteers at Fountain Hill,” she said. “What a lovely demonstration of goodwill in his honor. Thank you, PPL, for taking the time to do what is right for our community’s children. It is an honor to work with you.”
PPL also supports Stories That Shaped a Nation, a two-year campaign to raise national awareness of the critical and often under-celebrated women leaders of the Women’s March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement. PPL retiree Sharon Fraser is the board president for this project.