Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Day

January 19, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is designed to be a time when Bryan College gives to the community, but Dr. Travis Ricketts said workers received as well as gave.

More than 500 students, faculty and staff spent Jan. 16 at 75 locations throughout Rhea County and surrounding areas painting, cleaning, building, baby sitting, doing yard work and digging a hole for a septic tank. “It’s safe to say that everyone who participated got something out of it,” Dr. Ricketts said.

The day began with breakfast and a devotional by Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay, then workers grabbed sack lunches and headed to their job sites.

Response from the work sites was positive, Dr. Ricketts said. A letter from the We Care community service agency in Dayton was typical: “The Bryan students and faculty assigned to We Care did an outstanding job and were an inspiration through their positive attitude and work effort. We are better off materially and spiritually after their visit.”

Students enjoyed the day, as well. In a note to Dr. Ricketts, one student said, “I really enjoyed going to the Deer Ridge Apartments last week for my service project. I met some of the most amazing people, some of whom had some of the most awesome connections to, and stories about, Bryan!”