LWC's Malvina Farkle Day Gives Back To the Community

Pictured: Adair County Genealogy and History Research Center Director Mike Watson receives assistance from LWC freshman Sho Ito from Funabashi, Japan, right, and junior international student ambassador Autumn Gregory, middle, from Monticello, Kentucky, during Malvina Farkle Day. There were more than three dozen service sites available for LWC students to choose from on Wednesday.

COLUMBIA, KY. – When Lindsey Wilson College freshman Trinity Deaton was awakened by a loud knock on her door at 7 a.m., Wednesday morning, she was well aware of what was about to happen. 

“I have two sisters who attended LWC,” said Deaton, a psychology student from Harned, Kentucky. “So I already knew about Malvina Farkle Day, but I did not know exactly what it entailed.” 

Deaton was one of more than 800 LWC students, faculty and staff who participated in the campus-wide day of service known as Malvina Farkle Day. Classes are dismissed for the day each year while students spend the morning working on community service projects. The afternoon includes a picnic on the campus quadrangle, games and giveaways. 

Mike Watson from the Adair County Genealogy and History Research Center says he looks forward to the students stopping by each year. 

“We appreciate it when the students lend a helping hand on Malvina Farkle Day,” said Watson, an LWC Class of 1980 alum from Columbia. “I can always remember the College doing service projects in the community. It’s a terrific thing and I love to see these guys and gals out here doing all this wonderful stuff."

LWC Student Activities Director Anna Buckman says the annual day of service wouldn’t be possible without participation from the local community. 

“More than 30 community organizations offered to take part in Malvina Farkle Day this year,” said Buckman. “I especially want to thank Mayor Pam Hoots, Judge Gale Cowan, and the Adair County school system for their help in organizing the service sites.” 

Buckman also says the two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic made the day even more special. 

“This is the first time in two years we have been able to host the day without restrictions and we realized just how much we have missed it,” said Buckman. “There was a lot of energy and excitement all over campus and we love serving the people and businesses that support us. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

And although the day may require an extra cup of coffee and an afternoon nap, Deaton says it was worth it. 

“I like that we help the community and actually get to know the place we are living in,” said Deaton, whose service site was the Adair County Public Libary. “It’s really fun – but it happens so early.”


Some of the Columbia-Adair County sites serviced by LWC students on Wednesday were: 

  • JOY Ministries Crisis Center
  • Adair County Public Library
  • Trabue Russell House
  • Veterans Park 
  • Adair County Recycling Center
  • Columbia Baptist Church
  • Columbia Square Clean-up
  • Roadside Clean-up -- Russell Road, Jamestown Street, Greenhills Road and Bull Run Road
  • Green River Lake Trash Removal 
  • Jim Blair Center
  • Green River Animal Shelter
  • City Park Pavilion
  • ACPC Gym Class Volunteers
  • Adair County Little League Park 


To see more from 2022 Malvina Farkle Day:

  • Click here to view and download photos from LWC's Malvina Farkle Day, Sept. 28, 2022.
  • Click here to see a 2022 Malvina Farkle Day photo blog. 
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