The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

The 6th grade students split into two groups to provide service to two organizations, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia and Cradles to Crayons.

Instructional Assistant Kevin Todd and five students went to Mercy Families Ministries for the morning. The Sisters of Mercy have worked in partnership with the working poor of the Nicetown-Tioga community for more than 35 years. Opened in January 2009, the Mercy Family Center provides childcare, pre-K, adult care and education, and health & wellness programs. St. James students helped younger student read and work on academic subjects.

Eleven members of the sixth grade class, along with Ms. Carroll and Mr. Austin, traveled to Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with essential items for home, school, and at play. Students took a tour of the facilities and learned about the many steps Cradles to Crayons takes to send packages to children in need. The group then worked for two hours to make shoes look like new so they could be sent to others.

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