A record number of civic-minded students at Missouri University of Science and Technology will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by taking “A Day ON, Not a Day Off” on Monday, Jan. 19. This year, 270 students will volunteer throughout Phelps County, up 22 percent over last year’s participation.
Following registration and breakfast, Erin Stampp, assistant director of student diversity programs at Missouri S&T, will give a call to action. Student groups will then work from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on 17 projects in Rolla and St. James, Missouri.
Projects include packing backpacks for the Hope Alliance, raking leaves at Boys and Girls Town, helping the elderly and working with GRACE, the Salvation Army, Russell House, Tri-County Humane Society, Gingerbread House, and the Rolla Lions Club. Missouri S&T staff members will serve as leaders at each work site.
The first Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed in 1986. In 1994, as a tribute to King’s personal commitment to service, Congress designated the day a national day of service. Missouri S&T volunteers will join the efforts of thousands of individuals and organizations across the county to commemorate the day.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the Missouri S&T student life department. This year will be S&T’s seventh year to participate.