Bryan ministers in area on MLK Day
January 17, 2007

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A Bryan student visits with a resident of the Rhea County Nursing Home.More than 700 Bryan College students, faculty and staff spent Martin Luther King Day putting muscle to the idea of community service.      

At more than 100 sites in communities surrounding Dayton workers raked leaves, picked up trash, washed windows, cleaned houses, painted and sang at area nursing homes.

Dr. Travis Ricketts, coordinator for the third community service day, said students have embraced the annual project, and recipients of the labor appreciate it as well. “Response from the community is very positive,” Dr. Ricketts said. “The students generally like it too. One student, who’s student teaching this year and can’t participate, said MKL Day was the most favorite thing she did last year. I think they understand we’re doing this because this is what Christ modeled for us.”

Freshman Erin Grayson, who worked at the We Care Community Services Agency in Dayton, said an added benefit for her was getting acquainted with other students. While they painted, “it was fun to get to talk with students I didn’t know as well, to get to know them.”

Many of the projects were outdoors, and Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay said he was grateful rain held off until after noon, allowing most tasks to be completed without complications from the weather.

Follow this link to see more pictures from MLK Community Service Day.