GPC students, employees get ready for MLK Day of Service

01/09/2014
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

On Monday, Jan. 20, Georgia Perimeter College students, staff and faculty will spend their Martin Luther King Jr. holiday volunteering for community improvement projects.

In Alpharetta, volunteers will work at Elkins Pointe Middle School, a short drive from the Alpharetta Campus, improving the school grounds, outdoor classroom and nature trail. It’s a good way to spend the day, says GPC student Juanita Barr, who is coordinating volunteers for the site.

“It’s important to share our community spirit by volunteering,” says Barr. “You can see how your actions will have a lasting impact on others—and it will give you a better appreciation of where you live. It is also a great time to make new friends and connect with people you otherwise would not have met.”

Volunteers on the GPC Newton Campus will be cleaning the campus trails and garden on MLK Day, and GPC Clarkston Campus volunteers will be cleaning up city property, collecting trash and debris on streets in the city.

GPC volunteers also will donate their services to four other sites. At the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Stone Mountain Park and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, volunteers will work clearing trails and removing invasive plant species. At the Flat Rock museum in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage area, the volunteers will build raised garden beds outside the museum for a community garden. The produce grown there will go to elderly and low-income individuals in the area. The Flat Rock museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the African-American community of Flat Rock, which predates the Civil War.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday holiday is not the only day GPC students give their time to help their communities. The MLK Day of Service reflects a tradition of service and volunteering throughout the year by members of the college community.

“It’s important for students to volunteer—not just for this project in particular, but whenever possible, because service to our community is very essential to the growth of our nation,” says GPC Newton student Kiara Fallen-Bobo, who is leading the student effort on her campus.

This is the fifth year Georgia Perimeter College has set aside the MLK holiday for a day of service.

“MLK Day of Service is a time of remembrance and celebration,” says GPC’s community-based learning coordinator, Mary Elizabeth Tyler-Boucebci. “Dr. King inspired people to imagine a better way of life for themselves and their communities, but he and other foot soldiers for freedom also empowered people to transform their vision into reality. MLK Day of Service is a perfect time for us to reflect on our roles and responsibilities as members of our communities.”

GPC volunteers will receive a t-shirt. Volunteers are still needed at several sites. To sign up, go to gpc.edu\mlk or contact Boucebci at 678-891-3174, or maryelizabeth.tylerboucebci@gpc.edu

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college in the University System of Georgia, serves more than 21,000 students through five campuses in metro Atlanta and online. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.