Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”
January 21, 2013 is MLK Day of Service. So just what is the MLK Day of Service? It is a federal holiday dedicated to providing service to others. Each year, Americans across the country answer King’s question by coming together to serve their neighbors and communities. MLK Day is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in your community.
So, now that we know WHAT it is, what is Kirtland doing to MAKE A DIFFERENCE This Week @ Kirtland?
To honor Martin Luther King Day, Kirtland’s Service Learning department is sponsoring a variety of service projects to benefit others. The on-campus projects include: tying fleece blankets for children; making clay bowls to raise money for Grayling’s River House Shelter “Empty Bowls” project; and creating “Valentines for Veterans.” Off-campus, the Service Learning department is hosting a food drive at Glen’s in Roscommon to support Kirtland’s Student Food Panty.
“The Kirtland Service Learning department is proud to bring these projects to our area in order to connect members of the Kirtland community with the national initiative,” said Sarah Johnson, Kirtland’s current AmeriCorp VISTA. “Participating in this national day of service is a great way to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to community service and active citizenship. We want to encourage our students to be service-minded citizens who consider the needs of their communities, both now and in the future.”
In one of his better known quotes, Dr. King states, “”The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Think about it…education is really more than book smarts alone – it’s about developing character while on your life journey. Service to others is an integral part of achieving the important goals of both education and character.
Service comes in many different shapes and sizes. Volunteer at a local school, food bank, housing shelter or nursing home. Lend a hand to grab that can from an out-of-reach shelf at the grocery store. Better yet, buy a few extra items and donate them to support Kirtland’s Student Pantry food drive on Monday. You may be surprised what you can do to make a difference – and even more surprised at the service seeds you’re able to plant along the way.
To participate in Kirtland’s MLK Service Day projects, sign up with Sarah Johnson in INS 9B or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are morning and afternoon time slots available, materials and transportation are provided, and lunch will be available for all volunteers.
And, a reminder to our new and returning students – consider it an early “Service to Others” present from everyone at Kirtland dedicated to providing access to tools for your success!
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You can access SparkyMail and Rave Emergency Safety account information by going to www.kirtland.edu. From the homepage, select the “Sign In” tab at the top of the page, and use the drop down menu to go to access your Sparky Mail or enter the Rave Mobile Safety system to review and update your contact info.
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