by EMMA GABBERT, CSU Public Relations Assistant
Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato have a day off from classes on Monday, Jan. 20, in order to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While most students will sleep in and take it easy, others choose to give back to their communities by participating in the MLK Day of Service Event.
The Community Engagement Office at Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting its 5th annual MLK Day of Service Event on Monday, Jan. 20., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Mav Ave.
Karen Anderson, the assistant sirector of the Community Engagement Office, shares her personal inspiration for the event and how serving is open to everyone.
‘I personally like the notion of remembering Dr. King through community service. Anybody can be great because anybody can serve. This event is an easy and effective way to serve the local Mankato community.’KAREN ANDERSON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICE
At her prior institution, Anderson hosted a similar event to give back to students in need as well as the surrounding community. She decided to bring the event to Minnesota State Mankato, along with many others, to continue her mission of giving back to those in need.
A shortlist of the projects the Community Engagement Office has planned for students and the public to participate include but are not limited to, knitting scarves for The Reach, decorating lunch bags for the Campus Kitchen and Boys & Girls Club and blankets for the homeless population.
Alex Trewatha, the graduate assistant for CEO, shares why students should participate in this event.
“The MLK Day of Service is a great opportunity for students to use their time off during the holiday to give back to their community.”ALEX TREWATH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRADUATE ASSISTANT
The MLK Day of Service is open to the campus and the surrounding Mankato community. More information can be found on their Facebook Page under events.