Students to Celebrate with Service During MLK Challenge

The Multicultural Affairs Center will be sponsoring the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge Jan. 21.

This is the fifth year for this national day of service, and the goal is to help 200 student, faculty and staff volunteers make it a day on, not a day off.

The students will be divided into 15-20 teams and will work for six hours to complete a “challenge” or service project for about 20 local community agencies.

The challenges require participants to use critical thinking, problem solving and other skills as they address social issues and help the greater Kirksville community. In addition to unifying diverse participants around a service project, they will have the opportunity to reflect upon, honor and celebrate the life and legacy of King.

Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Violette Hall Commons from 9-10 a.m. This will include an introduction to the day of service, a memorial to King and the challenge selection.

During the challenge selection, teams will be given basic instructions, starting seed money and a final goal. Challenges will be conducted at various sites in the community between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Groups will be completing various projects that were chosen by the agencies, such as cleaning, construction, assembling, organizing, etc. Many of the projects are quite extensive and will provide the 20 agencies with a service they may not have the time or resources to complete.

The day will conclude with a Reflection Dinner, including reports from the different teams, and Unity Program in honor of King, from 4-5 p.m. in the Student Union Building. This event is open to the public.

For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge, or to RSVP to the Reflection Dinner, contact Kati Smith at or 660.785.4142.

This event is made possible by the Multicultural Affairs Center, SERVE Center, Residence Life, Follett Higher Education Group, Missouri Campus Compact, Student Senate and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri. It is also funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that strengthens communities through service.