HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - Monday was the 6th annual MLK Day of Service on Finladia University's campus. Every year, students from the university go out into their community and give back.
"Instead of holding regular classes we will send our students out into the community, and the Finlandia community here on campus, to volunteer and help in local schools, senior citizen housing, chop wood for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, shoveling snow, and all kinds of things," said Leann Fogle, Director of Residence Life at Finlandia.
The day started as a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
"Our Black Student Union brought it forward to the administration and said 'Let's make something special out of this.' and we said 'You know what? That's a great idea, let’s do this,' so we decided to make it a day of service which is one of the foundations that Finlandia is built on,” added Fogle.
Alongside volunteer opportunities, some students honored King's memory by attending a memorial church service on Sunday. There was also a screening of the civil rights-centered movie "When We Were Kings."
The students involved also enjoy giving back to the community.
"I think that people like it more now, because you get a day off from class and you get to go out into the community and read books to kids, or shovel snow, stuff like that," said Mia Glenn, a student on the Finlandia Women’s Basketball Team.
"I think Finlandia does a really good job with it, making sure that people are out and about in the community. We get the whole day of school off, which is nice, but everyone is out there giving back in some way," said Connor Hannon, Captain of the Finlandia Men’s Hockey Team.