Posted on: January 23, 2012
My partner Paul gave me homework this weekend: write a blog post about my MLK experience at the Jenks Elementary School in Chestnut Hill. Well, the picture says it all.
I wonder sometimes who gets more reward for the things we do in reaching out to others.
You can tell by the smile on my face that this one felt pretty good for me. I spent an hour or so, reading books with Daisha. The teacher instructed me to make her sound out the words, that she’s a much better reader than she thinks she is…. to push her to figure out the words on her own. We read about 7 or 8 books, one cuter than the next, and Daisha got more and more adept as time went on. We alternated choosing ones from the pile to read. It wasn’t fair for her to get all the choices. My favorite was the one where each animal kept eating the smaller animal until the biggest one burped ( or something like that…..I turned 60 a couple weeks ago…can’t remember the detail) and they all came back out, good as new. I love a happy ending.
So, business isn’t always just business. Reaching outside of one’s own self-interest to do for someone else feeds your soul. After 38 years in the real estate business and countless involvements with various charities and community activities, I’ve come to a conclusion. Wouldn’t it be good if everyone, at least once a day, committed to doing something for others. Kind of an MLK commitment 365 days a year. Small or big, doesn’t matter. An unsolicited act of kindness, a community meeting, a small donation, a dollar to someone on the street….something for other than you. Sorry….my homework wasn’t supposed to be a lecture but, it would be cool. I recommend you try it. It will feel pretty good!
Posted by Bob Elfant
Posted on: January 13, 2012
This year, we’re working with our neighbors, JS Jenks Elementary School on Germantown Avenue just two blocks from our office. The school actually does their MLK Day of Service projects on Tuesday the 17th when school is in session and the children are able to participate. My partners, our agents and staff and I will work with teachers to clean up the school and playground, and help children collect for the needy.
We’re very excited to work with the students and teachers, and would like to ask our community to chip in!
The 2nd grade is collecting children’s books for an orphanage in Ghana. The 3rd grade is collecting toiletries to donate to a local shelter. Many classes are making Valentines for veterans and senior citizens. If you have any books, toiletries, or art supplies, please drop them off at our office at 8039 Germantown Avenue and we’ll bring them with us to the school.