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Lycoming College will host the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee’s second annual Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 18. The committee, which is represented by various community individuals and organizations, plans to package 40,000 meals at Lycoming’s Recreation Center that will then be distributed through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to families throughout the area.
The event will kick-off fittingly at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Campbell Street with an optional, one mile peace walk at 9 a.m. The walk will conclude at the Recreation Center, where registration for participation in the Day of Service will be open (non-walkers may register beginning at 9 a.m.). The opening program will be held at 9:45 a.m. The day also will include guest speakers, music and activities for children.
More than 10 years after Martin Luther King Jr. Day was declared a federal holiday, Congress designated it a national day of service in 1994. It is the only federal holiday observed as such and is considered a “day on, not a day off,” according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Those who would like to donate to the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee’s cause may visit www.indiegogo.com/at/mlkservice and contribute to the ongoing campaign up until the day of the event.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.