LWC Community Celebrates King's Legacy with Day of Service
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 [9:30 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College student
Elizabeth Goode didn't want to pass up an opportunity to serve
others -- even if it meant missing an opportunity to sleep in.
LWC's spring semester does not begin until Wednesday and the
college's offices were closed on Monday in observance of Martin
Luther King Jr. Day. But for Goode and several of her colleagues,
the federal holiday meant getting up early to enjoy a day of
Goode was joined by a group of LWC students, faculty, staff and
area high school students who celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day
on the college's A.P. White Campus. The day was sponsored by the
LWC Bonner Leaders Program, and it was part of the
nationwide Martin Luther King Jr.
National Day of Service, a partnership between businesses,
nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
The LWC group decorated t-shirts to help sexually abused
children, wrote letters to U.S. military personnel, made
Valentine's Day cards for residents of an area nursing home and
delivered food to an area food bank.
"Why would you sleep in when you can help someone else?" Good
asked. "Plus we're showing prospective students that we get out of
bed to help students, so they should, too."
For the past five years, members of the LWC Bonner Leaders
Program have been out of town on service trip during Martin Luther
King Jr. Day. Because this year's service trip won't take place
until later in the spring, the program's co-director wanted to
celebrate it with a day of service in Adair County.
"We wanted to do something on MLK Day of Service for our local
youth -- getting them acclimated to service and introducing them to
what service is about at the higher-education level," said
Amy Thompson-Wells, LWC director of civic engagement, director
of student leadership and co-director of the Bonner Leader
The LWC group decorated two dozen t-shirts for the Children's
Advocacy Center in Jamestown, Ky. The t-shirts are given to alleged
victims of sexual abuse when they are examined. They also wrote 100
letters for the AMillionThanks.org campaign, which sends
thank-you letters to U.S. military personnel; they made 100
Valentine's Day cards for residents of Summit Manor Nursing Home in
Columbia; and they delivered food to the Adair County Food Pantry.
(Click here to see pictures from the day.)
"We wanted to do service projects where we could advocate for
social justice and community-building," Thompson-Wells said.
One of the area high school students who took advantage of the
invitation to join the LWC students was Nicole Pierce of Somerset,
a senior at Pulaski County High School. Peirce was joined by her
"I love to do service projects," Nicole said. "I love the look
on other people's faces when you do something for them without
expecting something in return."
LWC Bonner Leader Lydia Tiller of Columbia said being involved
with the community-service projects gave her "the warm and fuzzy
feeling of helping others," but the day also had deeper
significance for what it said about her generation.
"We are often said to be the 'Me Generation,' instead it can be
the 'We' and the 'Us (Generation),'" she said.