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St. Andrews Presbyterian College celebrates MLK Day of Service

Laurinburg, N.C. – On January 18, teams of students, faculty and staff from St. Andrews Presbyterian College will volunteer with groups in Scotland County as part of the King Day of Service.

“The faculty voted in spring of 2007 to include this special day of service in the academic calendar for the 2009/2010 academic year,” said Deborah Hawkins, associate professor of philosophy. “We felt it was an important opportunity for our students to volunteer as part of a larger effort.”

The United States Congress created The King Day of Service in 1994 as part of the King Holiday and Service Act. Participation has grown steadily, with hundreds of thousands of Americans engaging in volunteer service to their community annually in celebration of the legacy of the late civil rights leader. More information about this day is available at www.mlkday.gov.

To help coordinate participation at St. Andrews a group of faculty and student affairs staff began meeting to select partnerships with community organizations. Student leaders were selected to head each of the teams. These leaders worked to recruit additional student participants to make the inaugural effort a success.

“We have set up projects at Church Community Services, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, the Red Cross, the Storytelling Arts Center, The Haven Animal Shelter and Washington Park Elementary School,” Hawkins said. “Each project has an enthusiastic student team leader and excited volunteers looking forward to this opportunity to participate in the community.”

Teams will depart at 10 a.m. and return to campus after 3 p.m. for a period of group reflection prior to attending the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Avinger Auditorium at 5 p.m. sponsored by the College.

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