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Bard College Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with Volunteer Projects

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Students work on landscaping at Bard's Montgomery Place Campus
Photo by Joy Al-Nemri
On Saturday, January 14, more than 260 Bard College students volunteered with Hudson Valley organizations for the College's 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement. The day's events, organized by Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, take place as part of the nationwide Day of Service that marks the King holiday. Volunteers around the country respond to Dr. King's call, "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Bard students worked at more than 30 sites, ranging from Historic Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Red Hook Public Library to Planned Parenthood. Students also participated in an E-Waste project where the Town and Villages of Red Hook and Tivoli, together with the Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council and Bard Office of Sustainability, hosted an electronic waste collection day for their residents.
Volunteering on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Photo by Joe Fitzgerald
Volunteering on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Photo by Joe Fitzgerald

Members of Bard's student-led TLS project Brothers at Bard also led a science project with Kingston High School students for elementary school students from nearby Rhinebeck, New York. The activities ranged from dissecting owl pellets to discovering and identifying bones, as well as testing sound physics and constructing lava lamps. Volunteers and engagement fellows from Bard's Center for Civic Engagement prepared lessons in conjunction with other student-led science activities taking place throughout the month in local school districts.

Read more about the day’s events on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement blog.
 
Writers and editors with Oblivion Magazine lead a workshop on coded language in the news. Photo by C. Azemar
Writers and editors with Oblivion Magazine lead a workshop on coded language in the news. Photo by C. Azemar

Post Date: 01-17-2017