Averett has day of service to remember Dr. King

Published: Jan. 16, 2017 at 7:14 PM EST
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Averett University held its MLK Day of Service to recognize and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Different activities filled the room for students, staff, and community members to take part in.

"It's important to remember somebody that sacrificed so much for so many people," says MLK Day of Service volunteer, Russell Betterton.

Packaging food to stop hunger, learning about Dr. King, making winter scarves, or Valentine's cards for veterans were some of the activities people could participate in.

Averett says it's important people give back to the place they call home.

"Serve 365, so we want someone at Averett serving every single day of the year, whether it's in Danville or Finland. We want to spread that message to our entire community. Dr. King was all about service to others and we are just trying to emulate that today," says Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Rachel Covington.

Danville students of all ages creatively explained how Dr. King inspires them or what they will stand for in their life.

"He's someone that everyone, even if they don't know a whole lot about, should look into. He's a huge person in American history," says Averett student, Blair Bolton.

One man says he has been to jail and prison more times than most people, but now he has built a better life. He says anyone can be great, but you have to want to do it.

"Instead of taking, now that I'm giving, but in the act of giving, I'm being enriched. It's a win-win for everybody," says Betterton.

Everyone in attendance was encouraged to think about one question: What will you stand for?