MLK ‘Day On’ engages students from community and College alike

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January 24, 2012

Newly selected first-year students from McDaniel’s leadership program served as guides to the more than 100 elementary, middle and high school students who spent a “Day On: Not A Day Off” at campus events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 26 students selected during fall semester for McDaniel’s Leadership, Engagement and Development (LEAD) program convened on campus during the last week of Jan Term for the first of their service-oriented leadership training sessions. On Monday, day two of their training, the students helped the Office of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Affairs (ODAMA) and Carroll County Public Schools facilitate a packed schedule of events.

“These students were also full of energy, helpfulness, and willingness to engage the community in ways that not only facilitated the learning for the youth, but that also broadened their own knowledge as well,” said ODAMA director Mahlia Joyce, explaining that 75 students from the Carroll County community registered for the MLK program but more than 100 attended.

“While I continue to ask myself the question about how we can promote deeper reflection and thought about Dr. King, his work and philosophy, I was most impressed that the students remained engaged throughout the day and were willing to share the thoughts they had about justice and equality as it relates to their world today,” Joyce said.

From age-appropriate films to dramatic readings, simulations such as the Tunnel of Oppression to designing posters and writing public service announcements, the school students immersed in discussions and activities geared to deepen their understanding of MLK’s legacy.

Organizers of the event in addition to ODAMA were McDaniel’s Center for Community Outreach and Service with a number of community partners, including the Carroll County Public Schools' Office of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs, the Carroll County Branch of the NAACP, Carroll Community College, and the Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education.

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