(01/20/14) - At Baker College in Flint Township, Martin Luther King Day isn't a
day off - it's a day on for community service.
"Just to give back to the community and show our support for what he's done for all of us, not just us as college students, but as Americans," said Deon Marshall, Baker College student.
It's also a day on for classes. While many Mid-Michigan colleges and universities traditionally are closed for the holiday, many years ago, Baker made the decision to go against that trend.
"Instructors will do special things in their classes that will highlight Martin Luther King Day. It's always been special to us to have class on this day, because he valued education almost above everything else," said Baker College VP Student Services.
Students were up early to begin a variety of volunteer projects - part of Baker's participation in the annual MLK Day of Service movement. A similar event was held at Davenport University. Some students made chew toys for animals at the Humane Society, while others worked on something warm for Project Linus.
"An organization that gives things to children who are sick or traumatized, so these blankets are going to be something that will comfort them," said Rachel Karyakose, Baker College student.
Students across Mid-Michigan are finding dozens upon dozens of ways to give back on this holiday, whether it's making blankets or waking up at 5 in the morning for some extreme couponing.
"This is Coupons for Troupons. We're cutting out coupons to give to troops and their families on the bases overseas, and this is a great way to give back, especially for me, being an ROTC cadet," said Mike Leduc, Baker College student.
The ultimate goal, in honor of Dr. King's legacy, is to encourage students to do something - big or small - to make a positive impact on people in or connected to Mid-Michigan.
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