Palm Beach Atlantic University students will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service by rolling up their sleeves and helping others on Monday, Jan. 17.
Since 2001, PBA students have made Martin Luther King Day a day on, not a day off by volunteering their time to serve the community. Classes will not be in session on that day.
Community service is a tradition at Palm Beach Atlantic through a program called Workship, a coined term combining 'work' and 'worship.' As part of the graduation requirement, undergraduate students volunteer at least 45 hours each academic year at non-profit agencies, schools and churches. Students have logged more than 2 million Workship hours since the University was founded in 1968.
When volunteers arrive on campus the morning of the MLK Challenge, the projects for the day are revealed. Past projects have included organizing a neighborhood block party, painting houses, participating in community clean-ups and preparing meals for the homeless.
The projects involve partnerships with such nonprofit agencies as Quantum House, The Lord's Place and Habitat for Humanity.
Faculty and staff members will join the students at many of the work sites. Contact the Workship office at 803-2580 to volunteer.