By University Communications
BOONE, N.C.—Approximately 200 students will participate in the annual MLK Challenge at Appalachian State University on Saturday, Jan. 21.
This event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day devoted to service to the greater Boone community. It is sponsored by the ACT Office. ACT stands for Appalachian & the Community Together.
Students will gather at Legends at 8 a.m. They will be split into teams and assigned a faculty or staff “site leader” before being given a service challenge to be completed by day’s end. These challenges involve everything from maintenance and cleaning to new construction. They provide students an opportunity to serve alongside people in the community and to make a meaningful difference to organizations in the area. The event concludes at 6 p.m.
During the 2016 MLK Challenge, students served 20 agencies. They also raised over $1,000 in a bonus challenge for the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship, a need-based scholarship supporting qualifying freshmen who demonstrate a desire to promote cultural diversity.
Students may sign up to participate by going to AppSync. Registration closes Jan. 18.
Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) provides service experiences as opportunities to connect and engage with others to build authentic relationships, stimulate critical thinking and skill building, and recognize individual impact and responsibility to the local and global community. Since 2004, Appalachian State University students have contributed over $22.3 million of value to the community via the ACT program (just over 1 million hours of service plus $567,000 funds raised) using the $23.07 per hour national standard for volunteer time. ACT partners with over 160 local non-profits. Initiatives include blood drives, hunger and homeless awareness events, fundraising for local charities and alternative service experiences.
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.