Walsh Students Celebrate MLK Holiday with Day of Service
What's New, 2013-01-15
Over 40 students from Walsh University commemorated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, with a day of service to the community. This year the students and staff from Walsh University volunteered with six community partners who address topics of education, homelessness, hunger, historical preservation, environment, and elderly care. The group spent the afternoon on-site with the community partners which included the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon, the House of Loreto, JR Coleman Adult Daycare, North Canton Heritage Society, the Refuge of Hope and Stark Parks.
The King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or senior center, or it may meet a need of the spirit, such as building a sense of community or mutual responsibility. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that: strengthen communities, empower individuals and bridge barriers.
"Students comment about their experience and most often express having fun while making a difference in the community," said Beth Juelich-Velotta, director of service learning. "Some say that they learned about a particular organization for the first time and desire to return and carry the important work forward. In general, they come back to campus after serving with full hearts and minds."