Owen Ulrick couldn’t think of anything else he’d rather be doing on this day.
The Council Rock High School South senior was one of more than 400 district students who showed up Monday, Jan. 16 to honor the late civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. on the 18th Annual Council Rock MLK Day of Service at Holland Middle School in Northampton Township.
After a brief assembly in the auditorium, the 6th and 8th-graders and high school students got to work assembling dozens and dozens of hygiene packages and boxes of non-perishable food items to be sent out to area food pantries, the Bucks County Emergency Shelter and active-duty military personnel stationed all over the world. Accompanying the packages were greeting/thank you cards made by the students, which were also distributed to area first responding agencies.
The items had been collected by students in all Council Rock schools over the last several weeks. Monday’s day of service was part of the work of the CR Cares program, a collaboration of students, staff and community organizations that focuses on helping those in need in Bucks County.
“Any time I can do an act of community service to help someone out, it makes me feel good,” Ulrick said. “Martin Luther King did an incredible amount of service so it feels especially good to be doing something in his name. I just try to give back whenever I can.”