Southeastern to observe MLK Day with service to the community

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20, inspired by a quote from MLK Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Classes will not be held on that day, but University offices will be open.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer for this day of service. The Dean of Students and Office of Student Life plan to have a food drive and donate the goods to local pantries and also volunteer at the pantries.

“We are asking everyone to bring one can of food,” said Liz Howard, Student Activities Coordinator. “One canned-food item can make the difference.”

The service day will start at 8 a.m.  in the second floor auditorium of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. There will be a reflection on the MLK Day, and transportation for all students, faculty and staff will be provided for volunteers at the food pantries. Lunch will be in the Student Union following the event.

The regional and local food pantries are always struggling to maintain a stock of canned food, especially after the holidays. Items like peanut butter, jelly and canned meats are always needed.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Office of Student Life at 580-745-2947.