Timberline Middle School
January 18, 2021

 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service


THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering on MLK Day, a day typically considered a day OFF by so many. This is the second MLK Day ON, Not a Day Off event at TMS and we are so pleased you’ve chosen to join us in what we will now consider an annual tradition of service, compassion and love. This year has posed some challenges, but none we can’t overcome with some creative thinking. Following are the logistics we’ve put in place to ensure everyone stays safe.



Students and families will be asked to sign up for one project at the SignUp Genius link provided below. Details of each project follow.

10-11am - Pick up your project kit from TMS.
12 noon -  Kick off event, on Zoom. 
12:35 -     Project break out sessions. Meet others doing your same project, receive instructions from your team leader, ask questions, and have fun!
1:50 -      Concluding remarks, reflection and sharing.

Completed projects will be returned to TMS on either Friday, Jan 22 from 3-4pm or Saturday, Jan 23 from 10-11am. 



Following is a summary of this year’s projects. Please read carefully and then choose the project of your choice on the SignUp Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B45ACA82DA46-mlkday


Fleece Hats

Students will complete the hats by attaching a pompom to the top.  There will also be an option to attach a felt flower to some hats. We are going for boutique style hats, which means fabrics should match and pompoms must be adhered tightly!

Completed hats will be donated locally to children in need. No sewing expertise is needed; you’ll receive instructions and support in your Zoom group.

Materials needed: sewing scissors. All other materials will be provided.


Warm Packs

Students will pack a total of 50 packs (5 per student/family), being sure to include all items and a note of kindness in each. It is important that each bag contain exactly what is specified.

Notes should be kind and encouraging. They do not need to be long and should ­not include a student’s first and last name.

Completed packs will be donated to the Giving Hope Project for distribution within the greater Seattle area to those experiencing homelessness. You will receive instructions and can ask questions of your group leader during your Zoom meeting.

Materials needed: pencil/pen/markers or crayons. All other items will be provided.


Cat Toys

These easy to make cat toys and no-sew blankets will be donated to local cat shelters. This is an easy way for cat/animal lovers to make the day of a furry friend. Each kit will include materials to make one blanket and 10-15 cat toys.

You will receive instructions and can ask questions during your Zoom meeting.

Materials needed: sewing or other sharp scissor. All other items will be provided.


Birthday Hats

Each kit will include materials to make 10 birthday hats for the Birthday Dreams program. Birthday Dreams is a local organization that organizes birthday parties for children living in shelters. Hats should be gender neutral and can be decorated with any of the stickers provided as well as coloring of your choice. Your Zoom team leader will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Materials needed: crayons or markers. All other materials will be provided.


Stuffed Bears

 Dolls of Hope sends handmade dolls and bears to children experiencing trauma worldwide. Each toy delivers hope and comfort. This will be a sewing project, though you don’t need a sewing machine or sewing expertise. Your Zoom leader will help you through the project. You may be asked to sew shut a previously stuffed bear, stitch a face on a bear, or stuff bears….or maybe all three!

 Materials needed: sewing or sharp scissors. All other materials will be provided.


Decoupage Vases

 Students choosing this project will decoupage glass jars with tissue paper and Modge Podge (glue). The finished jars will be filled with flowers and delivered to local senior centers. This project will also include the creation of a kindness note for seniors. Your Zoom leader will provide instructions and be able to answer any questions you have.

Materials needed: pen or pencil. All other materials will be provided.


Kindness Notes

The teachers and staff at Timberline work very hard each day, especially given the current remote learning situation. Let’s surprise them with a handwritten note of thanks. Each kit will include two postcards. One postcard will have a staff member’s name on it and we ask that you write a message to that particular staff member. It is OK if you don’t know the staff member personally; just say thank you and something kind! The other postcard may be addressed to any staff member of your choice. Finished notes should be returned with all other materials and will be distributed to staff as part of a future Staff Appreciation event.