This Friday, January 15, all grade levels will join in the MLK Day of Service by participating in service projects for a portion of the day. Service projects include bagging toiletries for the Memphis Union Mission, letter writing to nursing homes and service men and women, and PDS grounds clean-up. 2021 marks the 26th anniversary of the MLK Day of Service, an event that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.
If you’re interested in ways to participate in a COVID-19 environment, here’s a list of resources.
At the beginning of this school year, we introduced the theme of developing a kind of “dangerous unselfishness.” In Martin Luther King’s last speech given in Memphis the night of April 3, 1968, he stated, “Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” He spoke on the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is part of that passage:
It’s possible that those men were afraid. You see, the Jericho road is a dangerous road…in the days of Jesus it came to be known as the “Bloody Pass.” And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the priest asked — the first question that the Levite asked was, ‘’If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
This quote has been discussed in chapel services, our Building Boys Making Men sessions, and has been placed on bulletin boards around the school. Our hope is that our boys will always stop and think about what will happen to a person if they don’t stop to help instead of what will happen to them if they stop to help. That is a kind of dangerous unselfishness.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.
As always, thanks for your support!
Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.
With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.