Oregon State University students honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a variety of projects throughout the community on Saturday
Despite temperatures in the 20s, a group of 30 Oregon State University students were all smiles Saturday morning.
Armed with rakes and wheelbarrows, they collected and hauled leaves from the Corvallis Rose Garden near the entrance to Avery Park.
“I love being here,” said sophomore Jessica Barzler. “It’s one of my favorite places in Corvallis, so it’s nice to give back.”
About 200 OSU students participated in eight community service projects throughout Corvallis as part of OSU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Other community service projects included:
• Working on two houses in Philomath with Benton Habitat for Humanity.
• Cleaning the clubhouse and helping complete office tasks at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.
• Helping the Corvallis Environmental Center sheet mulch a bee/pollinator garden to create a new habitat for bee hives.
• Preparing and serving meals for the needy at the Stone Soup kitchen.
• Cleaning and keeping dogs company at Heartland Humane Society.
• Distributing door hangers for the Corvallis Environmental Center to help promote Clean Energy Works Oregon, a home efficiency improvement program.
• Resurfacing trails at McDonald-Dunn Forests.
The OSU Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event was organized by OSU’s Center for Civic Engagement with the help of various community partners. Students who participated received breakfast prior to and lunch following the event.
“All the projects were filled,” said Julia Lang, a graduate assistant with the OSU Center for Civic Engagement. “We had a much higher turnout than last year. It’s great seeing the students getting so involved.”
And OSU students were joined by people across Corvallis, the state and America participating in community service projects because Saturday also was National Day of Service.
Senior Dan Cushing was participating in his first Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event at Avery Park. He said that he learned about the event through his involvement with student government.
Cushing said that giving back was a great way to honor King. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday.
“For me, he stood for justice, especially social justice,” Cushing said. “In student government, we talk a lot about his identity, methods and purpose.”
And junior Tanya Casas said that she was looking forward to seeing the end result of her work Saturday in the Corvallis Rose Garden.
“It was really cool to see and learn all the different names of roses,” she said. “I can’t wait to come back in the spring time and see them all.”
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