Members of the Frankford Coalition of Neighbors conducted their 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration on Monday at Sankofa Freedom Academy.
The free event, which featured the Frankford High School ROTC and songs and recitations by pupils at the charter school and Frankford Friends School, drew about 120 people — residents, local clergy, community activists and public officials — to the Paul Street school.
Breakfast was served by Ken’s Restaurant and Catering. The event also served as a collection point for canned goods that will be donated to area needy.
The breakfast was started 26 years ago to help the neighborhood work through racial problems, said coalition president Jennifer Powell-Folks.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was a day for many organizations dedicate time to community-service projects all over the city.
One involved the Episcopal Women of Emmanuel Resurrection Episcopal Church in Holmesburg and members of Girl Scout Troop 91417, who made chili in the church basement Monday that was delivered to the nearby Holmesburg United Methodist Church’s soup kitchen.
Bette Potts said the church group has been making chili for the needy every year for decades. Potts, Marion Paynter, Barbara Buckley, Virginia Phillips and first-timer Cathy Wick were joined by Girl Scouts Shannon Buddendorf, 11; Julianna Rivera, 12; Victoria Biondo, 11; Meghan Cain, 11; Emily Ritzlock, 11; Sarah Levins, 11; Elizabeth Nulty, 9; and troop leader Sheree Levins and assistant troop leader Kim Gaier.
Sarah said this is the first year her troop is involved in a MLK Day volunteer event.
Many of the troop’s girls have been in Scouting for much of their childhoods. Sarah and Victoria, for example, are now in their seventh years. Elizabeth, though, is in her first year. Potts is her grandmother.
Sarah said she thought the girls were old enough to volunteer this year, and they’ve been involved in other events this year. ••EndFragment EndFragment