Shaker Heights Builds a Beloved Community

A few of Shaker's littlest helpers make a big impact.

A few of Shaker’s littlest helpers making a big impact.

While most kids across the nation looked forward to sleeping in and aging a day off, hundreds of Shaker Heights students spent the day “on”  for the first districtwide MLK Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It says a lot about the sense of community that exists in Shaker Heights. I was shocked when I saw the number: 600, both big and small, came out to help with this event!

day service ShakerThe attendees were both big and small: teens, boy scouts, brownies, parents. But even the littlest made a huge impact. They spent their day off doing acts of kindness for the homeless or home-insecure of Greater Cleveland. They knotted warm fleece blankets; put together personal care and hygiene kits; and collected socks. And then they spoke from the heart as they wrote note to each recipient to remind them that they are not forgotten; they are, indeed, a part of what Dr. King called the “beloved community.”
This event was sponsored by PTO Council CommUnity Builders, the Shaker Schools Foundation and Game On! Sports 4 Girls in partnership with HandsOn Northeast Ohio and Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth Program. Click for more: 
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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