PSU students “Stand Up” for the local community

Yesterday, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, about 350 students used their time off from school to help organizations in our community.

The theme of Penn State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was “Stand Up!” The Centre Daily Times caught up with students who did just that by helping out at CentrePeace, an organization that promotes restorative justice by offering training opportunities to prison inmates, as well as students volunteering at the Foxdale Village retirement community and at the Centre County PAWS animal shelter.

Whether they were making it easier for someone to become rehabilitated into society, swapping stories with their elders, or taking care of a sick kitten, the students walked away from the experience knowing that rather than lounge around, they had put their free time to good use, by contributing to the health of the community.

One of the students interviewed by the CDT, Mehari Ghebremicael, said the diversity of the people coming together for a good cause yesterday would have made Dr. King proud.

“We all came together to help, all different types of majors, all different backgrounds,”he told the paper.

You can read the article here, and let us know in the comments if you had the opportunity to volunteer yesterday. If so, what did you do and why did you think it was an important thing to do?

-Erin

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