Malvina Farkle Day Brings Community Closer Together

Malvina Farkle Day brings community closer together

COLUMBIA, KY  - Lindsey Wilson College Junior, Lindsay Daniel of Russell Springs, KY looks forward to Malvina Farkle Day every year as a day dedicated to giving back to the community that has such a big impact on LWC.

Daniel, a Bonner Scholar and Human Services & Counseling major, spent her day of service at the Green River Animal Shelter. Even though Lindsay regularly gives back to the community through Bonner, she says that Malvina Farkle Day is a great way for the whole campus to express their gratitude.

"Malvina Farkle day is a time to give back to the community that gives us so much," Daniel says. "From creating volunteer sites for the Bonner program, allowing us to use their facilities and even observe in their classrooms day in and day out, we have a partnership with Adair County that is unmatched. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a loving, supportive community and we hope that the service we perform during Malvina Farkle day exhibits at least a portion of that gratitude."

Malvina Farkle Day is named in memory of a mythical Lindsey Wilson alumna and staff member who lived a life of service and having fun. Classes are dismissed for the day while students spend the morning working on community service projects. The afternoon includes campus games, activities, and lunch on the quad.

Logan Adams, a Senior from Somerset, KY and a member of the Bonner Scholar program says that Malvina Farkle day is one of the most exciting days of the year, and serves as an excellent way to expose students to the joy of serving the community.

"My favorite thing about Malvina Farkle Day is just knowing the my whole LWC Family is making some kind of change within Adair County," says Adams. "Some of us get so caught up in classes, clubs, and other extracurriculars that it is so easy to lose sight of the importance of giving back. For those of us who feel like we can't find the time in the day to serve, it is a great reminder of how impactful and rewarding service really can be for yourself and the community.

Before he dismissed classes for the day, LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told a packed Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center that the LWC has a strong history of community service, noting the LWC community gave more than 35,000 hours of community service last school year.

"I think service is the core of who we are as an institution." Luckey said. "We have an amazing opportunity to make a difference not just today but each and everyday in our surrounding communities."

The community organizations LWC students, faculty and staff served during Malvina Farkle Day were:

- Adair County Elementary School
- Adair County Middle School
- Adair County Primary Center
- Adair County High School
- Adair County Friends and Neighbors
- Adair County Head Start
- Adanta Therapeutic Rehabilitation 
- Agape House
- Brown Bag Lunches 
- Columbia Public Square
- Columbia Christian Church
- Columbia-Adair County Community Garden
- Dollhouse Daycare
- Green River Animal Shelter
- Jim Blair Softball Field
- JOY Ministries Crisis Center
- Kentucky Highway 80 Cleanup
- Trabue House Cleanup
- Ole Homeplace Adult Daycare
- PRIDE Cleanup on Area Roads
- Plum Point Lakeshore
- Sugarfoot Farm Rescue
- Summit Manor
- Trinity United Methodist Church

Director of Student Activities, Lafawn Nettles, says Malvina Farkle Day is "by far my favorite day on campus."

"It just shows the public that we are not just a college focused on academics, that we are also service minded," said Nettles, "That's really why it's by far my favorite day on campus. Lindsey Wilson College and this yearly tradition truly embodies what it means to be a service orientated institution."