YHC participates in service day for MLK
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Last Saturday Young Harris students and faculty gathered to give back to the community through Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
The event was planned by the campus S.E.R.V.E committee which stands for service, education, responsibility, voice and engagement. The S.E.R.V.E committee consists of the Office of Campus Activities, Religious Life and Bonner Leader programs.
“The purpose of Martin Luther King Day of Service is to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of community change within our community,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities.
The event was originally planned for the prior Saturday, but due to disagreeable weather conditions the event had to be pushed back.
Despite the change in date, students and faculty were in attendance to do their part to help the community.
“We worked with three local agencies. Members of the YHC community helped with finishing construction on affordable housing in the Wesley Meadows neighborhood. We worked to help complete an outdoor adventure based training course for Niyelo at Towns County High School. We helped with painting, mulching, repairing and organizing the course. Finally, we walked, played, bathed and fed animals at the Human Society Mountain Shelter,” said Emmanuel.
Despite 25 degree weather, people attended the day of service to honor King’s legacy and make a difference, the group consisted of eight faculty/staff members and 62 students.
Tara Shiver, a junior music major from Covington, said, “it was a really great day; my favorite part of the day was going to the animal shelter. There was a puppy there. She was black and white. Her name was Tara, and my name is Tara; so I thought she was so cute. We got to play with her and clean the cages. And, my favorite part we got to walk them. It was a great time. After the day ended, we got to go have a pizza party at Papa’s Pizza. It was the best day ever.”