Ransom Everglades Middle School students, faculty and administration performed a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, using sewing machines and their artistic talents to convert ordinary pillowcases into beautiful dresses that will be delivered to under-resourced children in Africa through the non-profit Little Dresses for Africa.
Volunteers completed 35 dresses from the more than 80 pillowcases donated by members of the Ransom Everglades community. RE partnered with members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Delta Omega, the Miami-based chapter of a national organization of professional, college-educated women devoted to “service to all mankind.”
Joining RE students at the service day were Head of School Penny Townsend, Athletic Director Corey Goff, faculty and staff members Lilliam Fernandez, Jan Bekkevold, Ellen Grant, Dora Stephens and Francie Hall. REPA President Melissa Buckner also shared her time along with several other parents, siblings and grandparents. Little Dresses for Africa club advisor Doreen Johnson organized the first-time event.
The participating students included: Catherine Buckner '24, Mackenzie Buckner '24, Andre Coscarelli '23, Collin Goff '24 (and brother Michael), Vicky Paz Pinilla '25, Taylor Smith '25 and Sofia Wolf '23.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.