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PA Cyber Led Statewide MLK Day of Service Project

Jan 16, 2023

A day off school was an opportunity for students to give back to their communities.

MIDLAND – PA Cyber students, family members, and staff supported their communities through a united statewide effort today to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. They donated household goods and their time to various organizations, including Binky Patrol, Community Cares, Sweet Cases, Ronald McDonald House, and more.  

“Martin Luther King Day Jr. Day is a time to serve our communities and help others,” said Laurie Richards, representative of PA Cyber’s Greensburg regional office. “He encouraged people to do what is right by helping people. He once said, ‘Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. … You only need a heart full of grace.’” 

Charitable activities took place at each of the cyber charter school’s nine regional offices today.

  • At the Greensburg office, participants made blankets for foster children in collaboration with the local Binky Patrol chapter. Binky Patrol’s goal is to remind foster children that someone cares about them. 
  • At the Harrisburg office, students and staff made no-sew blankets for Community Cares, a homeless shelter in Carlisle. 
  • Families and staff at the Pittsburgh-Warrendale office decorated and filled duffle bags called sweet cases for foster children. Participants filled the sweet cases with blankets, teddy bears, toothpaste, and other personal items. Sweet cases ensure foster children do not have to carry their possessions in a trash bag to a new home. 
  • Participants at the Wilkes-Barre office made scarves for homeless people. Scarves will be donated to a local nonprofit organization at a later date. 
  • The Allentown, Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh-South Side offices collected donations of food, clothing, and household items to impact children in need and homeless people.
  • Families will volunteer at the Altoona Children’s Museum alongside State College office staff tomorrow.

“PA Cyber staff and students were excited for the opportunity to give back and make a small difference in the lives of others through our MLK Day of Service project,” said Howard Hiester, representative of the Harrisburg office. 

At the Greensburg office, students made blankets for foster children.

At the Harrisburg office, students made no-sew blankets for a homeless shelter.

At the Pittsburgh-Warrendale office, students created sweet cases for foster children.

Participants at the Wilkes-Barre office made scarves for homeless people.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instruction methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and does not charge tuition to students or families.