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LHU holds Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

PHOTO PROVIDED Back row from left, are Kenny Hall, LHU President Robert Pignatello, Amy Molyneux, Albert Jones and Chrissy Wise. Kneeling are LHU students.

LOCK HAVEN — Approximately 80 Lock Haven University students, faculty and staff celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering their time toward service and civic activities during the university’s second LHU MLK Day of Service event on Feb. 1.

The day began in the PUB with an introduction to the day’s activities and welcome address from LHU President, Robert Pignatello. “Service is part of The Haven’s DNA and I am proud that we continue to increase our participation and offerings each year. This is a special event where students, faculty and staff join together for the betterment of others,” Pignatello said. “I hope that this day will inspire each of you to understand the needs of our neighbors and fellow citizens. The needs are great and small, but they are real and helping others help define us as human beings.”

Kenny Hall, director of the Center for Excellence and Inclusion introduced the speaker, LHU alumnus and community member, Albert Jones. Jones’ message titled “Service Above Self” focused on the fact that too often we look at what we have, but we don’t often enough take the time to think about what others don’t have.

“Today is not good enough … what you did yesterday got you to today, but how will you get to tomorrow? How will you make an impact on others?” Jones said. “Don’t practice what you preach; preach what you practice.”

The LHU community offered their assistance to seven agencies in the community: American Association of University Women (AAUW), Blessings in a Backpack, Circle K Jared Box Project, Clinton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Downtown Lock Haven Inc., Lock Haven Salvation Army and The Ross Library. Volunteers also donated items to the recently formed Haven Cupboard, a student driven initiative that aims to address food and basic need insecurity on campus.

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For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

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