Preparations underway for annual community service day
December 17, 2009

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Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff will tackle service projects in the Rhea County community Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, as Bryan College celebrates its 6th annual MLK Community Service Day.

“We are joining a tradition across the country of service, humility, and unity,” said Danielle Rebman, MLK Day coordinator and associate for spiritual formation in the office of student life. “This year our goal is to help more in some of the smaller communities around Dayton that have not previously been reached, such as Dayton Mountain and Graysville.”

Other new project locations this year include the YMCA Family Center in Dayton, the Wears Valley Ranch children’s home in Sevierville, Tenn., and La Paz de Dios Hispanic ministry in Chattanooga.

Every MLK Service Day is meant to develop a love for service in students, faculty, and staff, for Rhea County and beyond, Ms. Rebman said. Besides aiding organizations, teams also provide help to individuals in the community who are in need. Although new work venues are added each year, Bryan makes an effort to continue relationships established on previous workdays.

“A lot of people look forward every year to this day, when students help them do something they couldn’t do themselves,” Ms. Rebman said. “Students can build really significant friendships through service.”

Selecting from a wide variety of project types and locations, students, faculty, and staff members choose the team they will join.  The online sign-ups began this week and will continue through December 30.

For more information, please contact Danielle Rebman.