FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2009
Contact: K.E. Schwab
SRU students turn Rev. M.L. King Jr. observance into 'Day of Service'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 175 Slippery Rock University students have volunteered for the University's sixth annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and will offer their time, energy and enthusiasm to a dozen western Pennsylvania organizations and facilities in need of help.
The Monday holiday will see the students, coordinated by Karen Perry, assistant director of campus recreation, transported to the Orchard Manor, Fellowship Manor and Grove City YMCA all in Grove City, as well as the Home-2-Me and the Slippery Rock Personal Care Home, both in Slippery Rock. Students will also travel to New Castle to offer their services at the Jameson Care Center, New Castle Rescue Mission, Gussie Walter Center, New Castle YMCA, Croton United Methodist Church and the Ben Franklin Early Learning Center.
"Our students will visit with the residents and play games and offer penny carnivals at the various assisted sites. They will be involved in clean up and repair work at many of the facilities which have reported they have projects in need of volunteers and 'good-old free labor,'" Perry said. "They will use the day to mark the Rev. King holiday by following his legacy of providing service to others."
The University is closed Monday in observance of the federal holiday. No classes will be in session, however, the SRU volunteers will assemble at 11:30 a.m. in the University Union for transport to their various work sites.
"This event continues to grow each year," said Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development who coordinates the project. "In past years, we have had programming before the volunteers left campus for their work projects. This year, we have moved the program portion of the event to Feb. 23 as a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance."
"I am deeply appreciative of the students, faculty and staff who give up their holiday to help others. The recipients of our service have been graciously thankful for the support they receive, and we believe the event is an excellent way to pay homage to Dr. King legacy," Olivero said.
The King Day of Service program allows individuals, clubs, organizations and groups, including athletic teams and informal groups of students from various campus residence halls to volunteer their time to help others through the various community-service projects.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.