More than 120 Muskingum University students, faculty and staff honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving others Jan. 21. As part of a national Day of Service, students spent time painting rooms at a local animal shelter, visiting with residents of an area nursing home and supporting the services of area agencies and non-profit organizations.
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While some students traveled just minutes to participate, others drove to Zanesville and Cambridge. Assistant Dean of Students Kerry Guerard and Instructor of Education Jacqueline Kaser lead a group of students to Christ’s Table in Zanesville.
“It’s important for our students to see how they can help make an impact on the community other than just Muskingum,” said Guerard.
University Greek organizations are active in service throughout the year, including on the Day of Service. Levi Hall, a member of Phi Kappa Tau, joined Guerard and Kaser and prepared food for a meal at Christ’s Table.
“We’re a big part of the community, so we give back to show our gratitude in this area,” said Hall, “including Zanesville and Cambridge, not just New Concord.”
The organizations and agencies where students served included:
In Zanesville: Christ’s Table, and the Animal Shelter Society;
In Cambridge: United Way of Guernsey County and Unity Presbyterian Church;
In Cumberland: The Wilds;
In New Concord: Beckett House and Friendship Baptist Church.