Honoring the Dream
A group of Berry College students woke up bright and early Monday to make a difference in the Rome community on Martin Luther King Day, making it a day "on" not a day "off."
A total of 67 students were dispersed throughout the city of Rome to volunteer at different non-profit organizations as part of "MLK Service Day 2013." Berry students are renowned for their volunteer work both on and off campus. Martha Berry, the school's founder, instilled the concept "head, heart, and hands" in 1902. More than 100 years later, the motto that Miss Berry so fervently believed in is still a paramount belief that many students cherish.
Jordyn Kearns, a senior sociology major from Camilla, Ga., is an assistant director for Berry College Volunteer Services. To Kearns, this particular service day serves as more than a typical volunteer event.
"Yes, we're serving like Martha wanted us to, but the fact that the service day occurred on Martin Luther King Jr. day brings in an entirely new meaning. We're doing our duties as American citizens helping our fellow man - ideals that MLK so strongly believed in," she said.
The volunteers ventured to seven local organizations and events including Habitat for Humanity, the Davies Homeless Shelter, and the MLK Parade. For more information about how to get involved at Berry, please visit http://www.berry.edu/service/.Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Public Relations Photographer Blake Childers