Wake Tech Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 17, 2011) - Wake Tech students, staff and faculty celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day ON, not a day off. Volunteers participated in two service projects in Raleigh today. They cleaned toys at The Tuttle Center, a daycare facility that serves low-income families, and they helped sort and organize donations at a Salvation Army Thrift Store.
The service projects were part of a series of events held by Wake Technical Community College in honor of Dr. King. The events included programs on three campuses that featured special guest speakers and music. At Wake Tech's Main Campus, speaker Dorothy Counts-Scoggins stressed the importance of learning from trailblazers like Dr. King. "Today we take freedom for granted," she said. "We need to consider how far we have come and what else we need to do." Counts-Scoggins was the first black student to attend Charlotte's all-white Harding High School. The celebration also included a mime performance and student readings.
Wake Tech students and employees also participated in an effort to help end world hunger. Fifty-five volunteers packed 10,000 meals that will be distributed to schools and orphanages around the world. "Dr. King was all about service," said Dr. Paul Norman, Dean of Students. "This is a good way for faculty, staff and students to get involved and to fill a need." The volunteer drive was a partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization.