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Delta State Student Volunteers Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By January 22, 2009General

From left: Jessie Pedyfoot (Phi Beta Sigma), Waymon Clark (Phi Beta Sigma) , Courtney Granderson (Phi Beta Sigma), and Michael Taylor (Alpha Phi Alpha).    
From left: Austin Wilson, Zack Warrington, Thomas Swindol, Brett Hyatt, Casey Patterson, Brian Holloway, Charlie Gurney, Madison Dixon, Deniger Cobb – President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.



For 75 Delta StateUniversity students, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not a day off but a day on, as they participated in a day of service. This year the service project was held at H.M. Nailor Elementary School in Cleveland. Volunteers repainted four of the schools girls and boys restrooms. 

“The Delta State students made this project a great success,” said LaKendra Jones, the event’s organizer. “We had a great turn out from students who really wanted to make a difference to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy.”
In 1994 the United States Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, which designated the King Holiday as national day of volunteer service. Since then, the number of people celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. King by serving their communities on the King Holiday has increased every year. Indeed, Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
The project was a collaborative effort of Delta State’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Delta Volunteers, which is a United Way Agency, and H.M. Nailor Elementary School. 
Many groups also volunteered and helped make the project a success: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Phi Mu Sorority, Inc. and Delta State students.

Special thanks to Mr. Lester Fisher, Nailor Elementary Principal, Elsie Lynn Ervin and DeAndre House, Delta State Greek Advisors and Sherwin Williams of Cleveland for supplying the paint.

For more information, contact the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at (662) 846-4311 or online at