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UALR remembers King with ‘A Day of Service’

Submitted by Jennifer Ellis on January 20, 2011 – 2:19 pmOne Comment

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission’s annual event, “A Day of Service,” brought students and community members to campus Monday to celebrate King’s birthday the way he spent his life—in sacrifice and service.

Peter Nguyen, senior international business and foreign language major, Jyrissa Sargent, sophomore nursing major, Londria King, junior psychology major, and Ashleigh Branch, junior nursing major, pass out beverages Monday at "A Day of Service" in the Donaghey Student Center.Photo by Jennifer Ellis

With free transportation provided by Central Arkansas Transit Authority, homeless individuals were given free hygiene kits, health screenings, haircuts and job counseling at the event. They were also treated to lunch, provided by Olive Garden.

Gov. Mike Beebe made an address at “A Day of Service” where he acknowledged everyone, including government, churches, civic organizations and “sororities and fraternities have a role to play in improving peoples lives.”

Although many students already serve in the community, giving them the opportunity to serve on campus is a way to get them to “look at service through a different lens,” said Jan Austin, director of campus life. “There may well be people here who have never served,” she said,  “And service, that’s the legacy of Dr. King.”

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