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Michigan Students Take On Service Projects for MLK Day

PHOTO: For the 21st year, students, staff and alumni from the University of Michigan-Dearborn will celebrate MLK Day by donating their time to service projects around metro Detroit. Photo courtesy U of M-Dearborn.
PHOTO: For the 21st year, students, staff and alumni from the University of Michigan-Dearborn will celebrate MLK Day by donating their time to service projects around metro Detroit. Photo courtesy U of M-Dearborn.
January 20, 2014

DEARBORN, Mich. - It's a day off for many, but a "day on" for nearly 500 students, staff, and alumni from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. They'll volunteer their time at dozens of service locations today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jonathan Larson, who chairs the event, said he's amazed each year how many students choose to spend their day off giving back to the community.

"We have a very full and excited group coming back," Larson said. "We have a lot of student organizations like our Arab Student Union, Black Student Association, fraternities and sororities. "

The work sites include elementary schools, homeless shelters and food banks, and volunteers will be doing a range of indoor and outdoor service projects. This is U. of M. Dearborn's 21st annual Martin Luther King "Day of Service."

According to Larson, the school administration believes strongly that encouraging students to take action for change in the community is one of the best ways to honor King's legacy.

"Our students can kind of live in a bubble, and working with agencies that are on the front lines of dealing with poverty, homelessness, domestic assault: they're working with these different agencies and kind of seeing what's going on. "

He said the "Day of Service" is one part of the university's week-long celebration of King's life. Details are on the school's website.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI