North Branch students help the homeless on MLK Day

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AFTON, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Students at the North Branch School in Afton were working to make the world more welcoming for all on Monday.

They celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a theme of building a bridge to a welcoming world.

Students participated in various activities to make the world more welcoming, including packing bags for the homeless with gently used mittens, gloves, scarves and hats.

"Not only is what Dr. King worked for important, but it's more how he did it," said teacher Katrien Vance. "The fact that his mission was a non-violent mission, so we teach kids how to solve problems in a non-violent way."

"The history of the ideas, the practices that can help children with everything from the sandbox to the subway," added school founder Charlotte Zinsser Booth.

North Branch School got a grant from the Virginia Service Foundation to buy nonperishable healthy food to put in the bags for the homeless.

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