Students celebrate MLK with Chicago Cares

The students on the bus were excited about what their community service activity was going to be. It was a chilly morning — Martin Luther King Day — and the buildOn students at John Hancock High School were up early to participate in the annual Chicago Cares Celebration of Service event. Each group was assigned an activity once they were on the bus. Hancock’s destination: a senior citizen’s center. The activity: bonding, playing puzzles, serving food and planting herbs with the seniors.

Students arrive to the senior citizen's center early in the morning.

Some of the students prepare lunch for the seniors.

A 500 piece puzzle of Martin Luther King kept the seniors and students busy for hours

Each table was a mix of students and seniors who bonded by working together.

The seniors chose culinary herbs they wanted to grow in a pot.

The seniors decorated their pots with markers.

The challenging puzzle meant everybody had to work together.

A student concentrates on finding missing pieces in the nearly complete puzzle.

Seniors answered the students' questions about the civil rights movement.

Some of the Hancock students pose with their new friend.

The Hancock students pose in front of the senior center with a serious photo...

...a funny photo...

...and a jump!