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Bard College Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with Volunteer Projects

Bard College first-year Simone Richardson canvassing for Citizen Action.
Photos: Joe Fitzgerald '18
In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed the idea that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” In that spirit, 230 Bard students volunteered with Hudson Valley organizations for the College’s Eighth Annual MLK Day of Engagement on Saturday, January 13. The day’s events, organized by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, take place as part of the nationwide Day of Service that marks the King holiday.
Bard College students collecting e-waste in Red Hook
Bard College students collecting e-waste in Red Hook.

Bard students worked at more than two dozen sites, ranging from Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Tivoli Public Library to the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. Students also participated in an E-Waste project in which 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. Members of the TLS program initiatives Brothers@Bard and CultureConnect engaged local elementary and high school students in hands-on (and messy!) science projects, and volunteers and engagement fellows from the Center for Civic Engagement prepared lessons in conjunction with other student-led science activities taking place throughout the month in local school districts.
Bard College students volunteering with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Bard College students volunteering with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

Volunteers also teamed up with Columbia County Habitat for Humanity on its latest “Women Build” sustainable housing project, canvassed local neighborhoods for grassroots organizer Citizen Action, and took part in a workshop on how Planned Parenthood uses education, art, and advocacy to promote reproductive justice.

Read more about the day’s events on the MLK Day of Engagement blog.
Post Date: 01-24-2018