SFA students can kick off the new year right by giving back to the community on Monday, Jan. 20, the fifth annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

All interested participants must pre-register on AXES by Friday, Jan. 17, to secure their spot. Volunteers will meet in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom by noon where on-site registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. Participants will be asked to commit to the entire afternoon.

Appropriate attire should be worn, including closed-toes shoes.

The closing ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. where volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.

Following the opening ceremony, featured keynote speaker Hendry Musoma, professor at A&M University, will speak about the importance of being in the right mindset for these projects.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Following the ceremony, students will head out all over Nacogdoches to serve their community.

This service project facilitates the act of community service while commemorating and honoring the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. It is co-sponsored by the Student Engagement Programs- Leadership and Service and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Amanda Flores, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said, “In the past, we have had over 300 people participate. This year, we are planning projects enough to have 500 people participate.”  

Flores enjoys that “students are randomly assigned on an individual basis, working with people that had just met that morning. The shared photos taken and shared at the end of the closing ceremony really highlights the networking and new friendships formed,” she said.

Assistant Director of Student Engagement Leadership and Service Jamie Bouldin said the community service projects provide “as an exciting opportunity to further beautification in the city.”

There will be about 30 projects.

All participants need to be aware that standard parking rules will still be enforced,as SFA is open for business on MLK Day even though no classes will be held.

The MLK Day Canned Food Drive, sponsored by the BIG Event committee, began this past Tuesday and will end Monday with the Day of Service.

Participants are encouraged to bring  a canned good or non-perishable food donation. During the week, canned foods may be deposited in the BPSC Involvement Center or at the East College Cafeteria. All food collected will be donated to people in need within the Nacogdoches community.

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