LWC Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Service
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 [8:05 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Emma Newton drove more than
three hours to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday at
Lindsey Wilson College. Newton, a senior at Rowan County High
School, was among more than 30 LWC staff members, students and
guests who participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of
Sponsored by the Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholars Program, the day
included community-service projects, a discussion of King's "I Have
a Dream" speech and a conference call with former Bonner Foundation
President Wayne Meisel.
Officially, college offices were closed and classes were not held
Monday -- which members of the LWC Bonner Leaders Program used to
make a difference in the area.
The Bonner students and guests decorated t-shirts for the Lake
Cumberland Advocacy Center in Jamestown, Ky. The t-shirts will be
worn as examination gowns by alleged victims of child sexual
Bonner leaders also made Valentine's Day cards for resident of
Summit Manor Nursing Home in Columbia and wrote letters to U.S.
military personnel stationed overseas as part of "A Million
"We wanted this to be a day 'on' instead of a day 'off,'" said LWC
Bonner Scholars Co-Director Amy Thompson-Wells.
Newton, who plans to enroll at LWC in the fall, said she was drawn
to the day because she loves community service and is interested in
joining the LWC Bonner Scholars program.
"I loved being here, and I love helping out," said Newton, of
Morehead, Ky. "I have such a heart for people I cannot not be
In addition to getting current LWC students involved, celebrating
MLK Day with service projects is also an excellent way to expose
prospective LWC students to service-learning opportunities at the
college, Thompson-Wells said.
Two years ago, DeResha Walkup of Paducah, Ky., was one of those
prospective students when she came to the day as a high school
senior. Now a LWC sophomore, she said experiencing Martin Luther
King Jr. Day of Service is a good opportunity for her to put her
values into action.
"It was a very good experience, and it brought me to the college,"
Because this year's service day coincided with a presidential
inauguration, participants worked on service projects while
listening to President Obama deliver his second inaugural
"It was a great conversation-starter for us," Walkup said. "It
definitely opened people's eyes that there is more than the small
communities they live in."
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