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MLK Day of Service event planned at Illinois College


The Leadership Program at Illinois College will be co-sponsoring a Martin Luther King Day of Service event with Best Buddies, Alpha Phi Omega, the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness and Jenny Barker Devine’s leadership in democracy class on January 21st.

“We will be working with individuals with developmental disabilities from our community to make fleece scarves to donate to local community closets, as well as creating valentines to donate to local nursing homes,” Katie Brunk, AmeriCorps VISTA, said. “The student groups wanted to give individuals with developmental disabilities, a valuable and often overlooked demographic, a chance to give back and engage with our community.”

A group of 35 to 40 students, along with individuals from the Elm City Center, will be in Memorial Gymnasium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to participate or donate to the project contact Brunk at 217.245.3571 or at

The Martin Luther King federal holiday was designated in 1983, but in 1994 Congress designated it as a National Day of Service — the only federal holiday observed as such a day. The MLK Day website explains, “On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers and create solutions.”
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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