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USM students show community support on MLK Day

This is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi:

HATTIESBURG, MS - More than 100 students representing various organizations at The University of Southern Mississippi turned out Monday for a community service project in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

With the support of funding from an MLK Day grant from the North Carolina Campus Compact and a Faculty Service Learning grant from Learn and Serve America, students converged on the Edwards Street Fellowship Center to establish venues. One is a teaching garden for youth and another garden for producing vegetables to include in the Center's food pantry. The other is constructing a walking trail, exercise stations with ropes course and an outdoor classroom.

"This is a great way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by helping out members of our community that need us,' said Dara Shaffer, a sophomore from Tylertown, MS.

The project, coordinated through the university's Office of Community Service Learning, also represents a joint effort among academic disciplines at the university, with students and faculty members from human performance and recreation, as well as geography and anthropology assisting with labor and expertise.


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