For one day each year, the students, faculty and staff trade in their textbooks, journals and comfortable chairs, for work gloves, paintbrushes and scrapers. Our annual day of service serves as an important reminder of Temple’s core values and the need to connect to our neighborhood.
In October 2009, more than one hundred members of the Temple Law family came together in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. We partnered with the Norris Square Civic Association to help with their redevelopment of the aging, former St. Boniface Church complex. The Norris Square group serves the primarily Latino low-income population of the area, providing them with services such as GED classes, job training and programs for children.
“There are kids here in our charter school who might be Temple Law students one day,” said Kensington resident and Norris Square Development Director Marcos Morales, while catching his breath after lifting floorboards into a dumpster. “We hope that seeing students will help broaden our students’ perspectives, and we hope that working with us will broaden the perspectives of Temple students.”
A short video of Temple's first service day can be found here.
The Day of Service is made possible by a donation from Professor Jane B. Baron and her husband, Dr. Richard Baron. The next Day of Service is scheduled for October 14, 2011.