TROY - Troy University students will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week by taking part in several service opportunities in the surrounding community.
Activities during the week kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 19 with students reading to children at Head Start in Troy and engaging in after-school activities with Troy Elementary students.
Events will continue Wednesday, Jan. 20 with a Backpack for Kids event set from 2 to 3 p.m.
Backpack for Kids is a program that provides supplemental food and nutrition education to area families with children at Head Start in Troy. Food items are donated by various organizations.
Students will also help tend to community gardens from 3 to 5 p.m.
Service projects continue Thursday, Jan. 21, with student volunteers working on a Habitat for Humanity building project from 1 to 2 p.m. on West Fairview Street.
Also on Thursday, students will assist with meal preparation as a part of the University's Campus Kitchens program from 2:30 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, in 2014.
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.
Also on Thursday, students will again help with Campus Kitchens meal preparation from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
On Friday, students will assist with Campus Kitchens meal delivery from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and help clean up Troy Elementary's nature trail from 3 to 5 p.m.
"Including our students in service projects is a way of honoring the service legacy of Dr. King," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Service Learning and Civic Engagement in TROY's Schmidt Center for Student Success. "These projects give students an opportunity to address some of our community's critical needs while also learning the importance of serving others."