Wake Tech Service Day Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 18, 2010) - More than 70 volunteers from Wake Technical Community College rolled up their sleeves today to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wake Tech faculty, staff, and students spent their Monday holiday upgrading the playground at the QEI Child Development Center of Raleigh. QEI, a church-run center in southeast Raleigh, is housed in an aging facility in need of repair.
Volunteer workers from Wake Tech and QEI labored side by side, helped by children from the Center's before- and after-school programs. They repaired the fence surrounding the playground and made numerous improvements to the sandbox area. They also installed a new basketball goal and added plant boxes, a garden, and an outdoor stage. Materials for the upgrade were donated or provided at low cost by area businesses. Students in Wake Tech's Early Childhood Education program will continue to assist the Center throughout the semester as a service learning project.
The upgrade for the QEI Child Development Center was part of Wake Tech's new Volunteer and Service Learning Program, launched in the fall of 2009. The program encourages volunteerism and service to address critical community needs. As a member of the NC Campus Compact (www.compact.org), Wake Tech has been assigned an AmeriCorps volunteer who helps to coordinate the new service program. Students who participate in service learning opportunities will be able to earn academic credit.