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Penn State Students Serve for MLK Day

1/20/2009 —

DuBois – Students from Penn State DuBois did not have class on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but a group of them saw the day off as a chance to give back to communities.  Students from a group of nine Penn State campuses, including DuBois, gathered at Penn State Beaver in Center Township, near Pittsburgh.  From there they dispersed to communities in that area to perform various types of community service. 

Eighty students, in all, volunteered in soup kitchens, collected food for the less fortunate, and helped to remodel homes. 

“I like to volunteer and this was truly a rewarding experience,” said Penn State DuBois Student Crystal Vicklund.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community on this national day of service.”

Penn State DuBois Student Life Coordinator Marly Greeley said she and her colleagues from the other campuses saw this as an opportunity to spread messages that King believed in.  “We talked to them about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he would want to see people doing community service and giving back,” she said. 

Greeley says representatives from the group of Penn State campuses look forward to taking on similar projects for Martin Luther King Jr. Day next year, in different communities.

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