TROY - Troy University students will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 21-24 by taking part in several service opportunities in the surrounding community.
Activities during the week will kick off on Jan. 21 with a special Martin Luther King edition of "Times Talk," a weekly opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage in discussions on current topics from articles in The New York Times. The event will be modeled after MLK Day America's Sunday Supper initiative, which was inspired by King's legacy and invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power each individual has to make a difference.
Events will continue on Thursday, Jan. 22 with a Volunteer Fair set from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. The event will help inform and educate students about opportunities to become involved within the community.
Also on Jan. 22, students will assist with meal preparation as a part of the University's Campus Kitchens program from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The University joined the Campus Kitchens Project, a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community, last fall. Students provide free, healthy meals to area residents by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste. TROY's Campus Kitchens program conducts cooking shifts at Trojan Dining and recovers food from on-campus dining facilities with support from Sodexo-run Troy University Dining Services.
Service projects will continue on Friday with student volunteers reading to children at Troy Elementary School and Head Start, painting and cleaning at the Christian Love Center, delivering meals through the Campus Kitchens program, visiting with residents of Noble Manor and participating with activities with children at the Troy Elementary Extended Day program.
On Jan. 24, students again will fan out in the community to help with painting and cleaning at the Children Advocacy Center and the Boys and Girls Club, assisting with the food bank at the Salvation Army and cleaning and organizing at Big Bend Animal Rescue.
"Dr. King's life was marked by service and involving our students in these service projects is a way of honoring his legacy," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Service Learning and Civic Engagement in TROY's Schmidt Center for Student Success. "Through the service projects, students will have an opportunity to address some of our community's most critical needs while also learning the importance of serving others."