GPC Celebrates MLK Holiday with Day of Service on Jan. 16

01/09/2012
Contact: Kevin Schwemmin
Phone: 770-274-5024
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Beverly James

For Immediate Release

Georgia Perimeter College presents “Beyond the Dream 2011 - Become Great: Serve” in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Day of Service will be held on Jan. 16, and will consist of hundreds of volunteers mobilized to dozens of locations throughout the metro Atlanta region.

The Day of Service will begin with kickoff rallies at 7:30 a.m. on Clarkston, Dunwoody and Newton campuses. Free breakfast and t-shirts will be available at the kick-off rallies. Transportation will be available from the campuses to service project areas.  

Service projects include the Clarkston Community Center, Hands On Newton, Panola State Park and City of Dunwoody Public Works Department among others.

“The best way to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is through service to our communities,” says Sean Brumfield, executive director of the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning at GPC. “Many Georgia Perimeter faculty, staff and students are proud to make January 16, 2012 a day on rather than a day off.” 

All participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the kick-off rallies to support local food pantries. The deadline to register for a service project is January 12.

The MLK Day of Service is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that strengthens communities through service. For more information on the Day of Service or to register, visit www.gpc.edu/mlk/2012mlkdayofservice.htm.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 27,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.