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MLK Day of Service: Jan. 21 not a day of rest on the WSU Vancouver campus

Martin Luther King Day of Service is an annual event on the WSU Vancouver campus. It takes place on the recognized holiday in January — this year, on Jan. 21. Bola Majekobaje, assistant director of student diversity, and her Student Diversity team strives to make the work/school day “off,” into a day “on.” This year the event will feature local performers, singers and speakers in addition to campus-wide opportunities for giving.

“WSU Vancouver has done a number of things on campus on this day throughout the years, but this year we are focusing on empowering youth through engagement and service,” Majekobaje said.
”We are collecting hygiene products and school supplies for the Vancouver School District and local organizations that serve homeless youth. Our goal is to collect 2,000 items that we will assemble into little packages. The event will feature a speaker, music and education around youth issues. We’ll have a bunch of kid’s activities as well. It’s really exciting.”

Peet’s Coffee and Tea donated coffee for the event. Tillie MakePeace, program director of Janus Youth Programs, is the keynote speaker.

Individual students, faculty and staff members may drop off products for donation in marked bins located across campus. The MLK Day of Service planning committee has also asked campus organizations, clubs and departments to get involved. Every club or organization that collects at least one hundred items is eligible to be part of the MLK 100 Club and will be acknowledged at the event.

As of mid-January, the following clubs and student organizations have commited to be a part of the MLK 100  Club: American Democracy Project at WSU Vancouver, ASWSUV, Human Development Club, iTech Prep High School, Public Affairs Department, ASWSUV Cabinet, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver Youth Group, WSU Vancouver Student Diversity, Cougar Pride Club and River Cities Anthropological Society.

For more information about Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Empowering Youth through Engagement and Service, visit the official event page.

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