Students Partner With Senior Citizens for MLK Day of Service

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore students are teaming up with senior citizens from Atria Senior Living on a creative project for the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Each year, Moore students are given the opportunity to participate in a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Last year, students painted rooms in the community center at the Norris Square Neighborhood Project in Northeast Philadelphia.

This year, on January 21, students will work with senior citizens to make no-sew fleece blankets. The blankets will be donated to the Mercy Hospice, where women and children without permanent housing can find opportunities for a new beginning.

About 20 students and 20 seniors are expected to participate. Moore and Atria are both providing materials for the volunteers to make the blankets.

“Students have expressed interest in working with Atria for some time now, and since they are right across the street we thought this would be a perfect opportunity,” said Emily Johnson, assistant dean of students. “Atria [staff] came up with the blanket idea and we decided that Mercy Hospice would be a perfect place to donate them after the students gave homemade hats and scarves to them in November.”

“We are really looking forward to this,” said Christa Cicala, Engage Live Director at Atria Center Senior Living. “Hopefully the project will bring about some great conversation and friendships. Our residents are also doing service, whether it be with Philabundance or Friends Select School. It’s a big part of their lives.”


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Published on January 17th, 2013