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A day of remembrance

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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. ••

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