Service projects honor King’s legacy

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N.C. Wesleyan College freshman Rebecca Mitchell works with other Wesleyan students on Monday to organize the food pantry at Peacemakers of Rocky Mount. The project was a part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.


Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Some students at N.C. Wesleyan College used Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to serve others.

Roughly 150 students — or about 10 percent of the student body at the college — participated in the Day of Service event by working with community organizations to engage in service projects.

“We use this day to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging in community service,” said Elliott Smith, director of student activities for the college. “This is also the first weekend after students have returned for the spring semester, so it is a great way to get everyone involved and off to a good start.”

Some students who took part in the Day of Service headed over to help out with Habitat for Humanity projects at a house on the 100 block of Zinna Court and another location on the 600 block of Tarry Town Center Drive. Another group of students headed over to the Peacemakers of Rocky Mount to assist in that ministry while others went to Battle Park to help with clean-up operations.

A final group of students went to the Lucy Ann Boddie Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs for the Tar River Region in Rocky Mount.

“Members of the women’s lacrosse team helped us out today,” said Jennifer Hayes, director of operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs for the Tar River Region. “They helped us organize the library and clean and organize the arts and crafts room. It was a tremendous help to be able to partner with people in the community to help us tackle some projects that we don’t usually have the staff or time for.”

Hayes said she also thought the event had other benefits as well.

“I think this strengthened the partnership between the Boys and Girls Club and Wesleyan College,” Hayes said. “I think we made some especially strong connections with the women’s lacrosse team today and we hope to work with them again in the future.”

Travis Thompson, a Greek counselor at the college and one of the organizers of the Day of Service event, said these community connections are what the event is all about.

“The Day of Service allows us to become better connected with this community,” Thompson said. “As we partner with these community organization, we are working with the people of Rocky Mount to make Rocky Mount a better place.”