January 13, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
PENGUINS UNITED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE: CLARK COLLEGE HONORS
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Clark College student clubs will give back to the community
during a week of service events
and an evening program in honor of Dr. King
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in nonviolence and social justice – of people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to improve lives and bridge social barriers. In that spirit, Clark College will honor Dr. King’s birthday through “Penguins United for Community Service.”
Felisciana Peralta of the college’s Office of Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs noted, “Between the hard economic times and the cold winter weather, our community needs help more than ever. Members of Clark College student clubs will go into the community and make a difference.”
The community service events will take place during the week of January 16-22. Planned activities include helping the staff of Share Vancouver prepare for an upcoming move of their facilities (packing, labeling, stacking and organizing boxes, moving some materials to other areas of the facility, and dismantling shelves), working with the Vancouver Watershed Council to plant a wetland area, and working at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library to recycle jet packs, label books, stuff informational packets, and coordinate mailings. Activities may also include food, clothing or blanket drives at the college’s main campus.
On Friday, January 23, the college will host a special event in honor of Dr. King. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center. The program will feature panelists from First Families of Vancouver. That organization illuminates the story of Vancouver, Washington's African-American community from the World War II influx to the present by gathering the stories of its pioneering families. Following the program, light refreshments will be served. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver .
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “I’m so proud of our students. This is a wonderful way to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy.” Knight added, “This is a powerful reminder that, since 1933, Clark has truly been the community’s college.”