Civic Engagement Office, Intercultural Affairs offer MLK Day programming

Posted January 16th, 2009 at 12:09 pm.

After the Main Line Martin Luther King Society’s musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Thomas Great Hall on Sunday, the College’s Civic Engagement Office (CEO) will provide several opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate in Monday’s national day of service  to honor the slain civil-rights leader’s memory. At day’s end, the CEO and the Office of Intercultural Affairs invite the community to reflect on King’s legacy.

The CEO will sponsor

  • A toiletries drive for the People’s Emergency Center
  • Book drive for local schools and community partners
  • Toiletry kit assembly (Monday, Jan. 19, Campus Center 200, noon-2 p.m.)
  • Book sorting (Monday, Jan. 19, Campus Center 200, noon-2 p.m.)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Reflection (Monday, Jan. 19, 4 – 5 p.m., Multicultural Center Living Room)

Toiletry Kits. The People’s Emergency Center is the oldest and most comprehensive agency serving homeless women, teen girls, and their children in Pennsylvania. Since 1972, PEC has helped thousands of abused, abandoned, and homeless women and children to rebuild lives of dignity through programs that help them to help themselves. Through 5 p.m. on Friday, the CEO is collecting donations of toiletry items (toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, deodorant, baby oil, cotton balls and Q-tips, baby powder and baby wash, petroleum jelly, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products), which volunteers will assemble into toiletry kits on Monday, Jan. 19, from noon – 2 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Book Drive. In honor of King’s commitment to literacy and education, the Civic Engagement Office and the Office of Admissions are working together to put books in the hands of people who need them. Organizers have collected a wish list of books from the College’s local school and education-based program partners and invite members of the campus community to take part in granting their book wishes. The books collected in the drive will be used in the classrooms of students associated with the CEO’s volunteer service program and Praxis classes. Book donations will be accepted in the Civic Engagement Office starting this week, and volunteers will sort through the initial donations on Monday, Jan. 19, from noon – 2 p.m. in the Campus Center. The book drive will continue through the semester.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Reflection. Members of the campus community who participated in the national day of service, whether through the Civic Engagement Office or elsewhere, are invited to join Director of Intercultural Affairs Chris MacDonald Dennis and CEO Co-director Ellie Esmond  in an hour of reflection on Monday, Jan. 19, from 4 – 5 p.m. in Multicultural Center Living Room.  The dicussion will center on how King’s legacy of service and community-building fits into our lives today and what service means to each of us as members of this community.

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