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Moravian Students to Honor MLK Through Community Service

Day of Service gives students opportunity to reflect on life of Dr. King

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian College will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day of Service in the Spirit of Martin Luther King” on Monday, January 19, 2004. Members of the Moravian College community will participate in this day of service, spending their time volunteering at soup kitchens, daycare centers, and shelters throughout the Lehigh Valley. Among the sites are: Trinity Episcopal Soup Kitchen, Victory House Soup Kitchen, New Bethany Soup Kitchen, Allentown Boys and Girls Club, Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter, and various Bethlehem School District daycares. A basketball clinic will be held at Moravian, bringing together children for some friendly basketball, lunch, and other activities.

This Day of Service was started to give students the opportunity to reflect on the life of Dr. King in a meaningfully way while extending their service to the Bethlehem community. Rev. David Bennett, Chaplain of Moravian College, says, “Through community service, students have the opportunity to interact not only with human need but also with the diverse people who are a part of the process of giving and receiving. This day will offer our campus community the opportunity to work with and for people of different ages, colors, creeds, nationalities, and physical/mental abilities.”

Planning for this day began in the spring of 2003 as a joint effort between several different college departments and organizations, including Student Affairs, the Athletic Department, the Office for Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, various Greek organizations, and Campus Community Connection.

“If we truly wish to honor his memory and live in the essence of his spirit, then we must be challenged to offer the gifts of our time and talents to the common good of community,” says Bennett. “We hope this endeavor will help us all to experience MLK day not as simply a day off but rather as an opportunity to live out some of the dreams of Martin Luther King in very real ways.”