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Coker College Hosts Fifth Annual MLK Service and Remembrance Day

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in News, Local News

 Coker College Hosts Fifth Annual MLK Service and Remembrance Day

Coker College’s Center for Engaged Learning, Athletics Department and others across campus worked together to organize a community-wide day of service on Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This marks the fifth year that Coker has organized a day of community service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “Coker students and staff have an opportunity to make a positive difference by giving back to our community in a day of service,” said Darlene Small, assistant dean and director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Coker College. “It is a great way to honor Dr. King's legacy."

About 400 student-athletes participated in volunteer service projects at various sites across Darlington County. Projects included the following locations and activities:

  • Bethlehem Therapeutic Stable: grooming Wounded Warriors therapy horses, cleaning, landscaping
  • Hartsville Soup Kitchen: supply and storage organization
  • Morningside Assisted Living: decorating, activities with residents
  • Rotary Club of Hartsville: roadside trash pickup
  • Kalmia Gardens: landscaping
  • Pee Dee Coalition: raking leaves, cleaning
  • Rubicon: cleaning, helping with children’s services
  • Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs: office work
  • Carriage House of Hartsville: games with senior residents
  • YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee: cleaning equipment, helping with nursery activities
  • Morrell Nursing Home and Rehab Center: games with senior residents
  • Free Medical Clinic: cleaning, landscaping
  • Hartsville First Baptist Church: cleaning, organizing
  • Darlington County Habitat for Humanity ReStore: cleaning, organizing
  • Hartsville Community Garden: spreading mulch, weeding, cleaning bed

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Coker College offices were open, but classes in Hartsville and on the satellite campuses in Florence and Marion were suspended so that students and faculty could participate not only in activities in Hartsville, but also in their own communities’ programs.
In addition to the day of service projects, Coker will also host an open roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Hall Auditorium on Coker’s campus, is free and open to the public. For more information on that event, click here.
Release written by Director of Institutional Identity Laura Hoxworth.