Bryan serves community to honor Dr. King
January 19, 2005

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Downtown Dayton sparkled a little bit brighter Jan. 17, thanks to the efforts of Bryan College students, faculty and staff.

For that matter, members of the college community gave a day of service to help churches, non-profit agencies and senior citizens tackle projects to clean up, clear out or prepare for their own services throughout Rhea County.

Bryan’s first formal observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was “significant because we’re doing the right thing,” President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said. “Dr. King encouraged us to come together to strengthen our communities, alleviate poverty and foster dignity and respect for all human beings.”

And student coordinator Paul Miller said the day offered students the opportunity to contribute to the community that is home to students for four years.

Teams of students and faculty and staff members tackled projects from washing windows in Dayton, to helping churches in Graysville clean up or repair damage from flooding late in 2004. They pulled up old carpet at a Bible camp in Spring City and helped build walkways and clean up a construction site at a Bible camp in Dayton. They helped libraries organize the books on their shelves, played with children in a housing project in Dayton and cleaned up a community park. One team played games with senior citizens after spending time in the kitchen preparing a number of meals for their new friends.

Volleyball Coach Leo Sayles said the day’s activities complement both the college’s vision for missions and Dr. King’s ideals of service. “It ties into both,” the coach while he and his team members were washing windows. Dr. King’s “life was about service and drawing people together. That was the theory behind” the day of service.  Click here for more photos.