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Centenary University plans service opportunities to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Virtual service opportunities will complement other on-campus events including a remembrance display, movies, and other student activities.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Centenary University students will honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. with a day of service featuring virtual opportunities for students to serve the local community. Other events hosted by the University on Monday, Jan. 18—the first day of the spring semester—will include a remembrance display with materials provided by Taylor Memorial Library in the Sunken Lounge, a rotating video display of movies and Dr. King’s speeches in the Multicultural Center, and other socially-distanced student events. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, community visitors are not permitted to attend.

Virtual service opportunities, conducted in partnership with Jersey Cares, will reinforce Dr. King’s commitment to community improvement, according to Rachel Danitz, Centenary University’s community engagement coordinator. “At Centenary, we emphasize to students that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a day off,” Danitz said. “It’s a day on to volunteer to make life better for residents of our local communities.”

Activities coordinated through Jersey Cares will include a Virtual Senior Reading Series for students to entertain shut-ins and older adults by recording readings of stories and novels; an initiative for students to create safety signage for New Jersey schools; the creation of electronic cards and virtual activity packs for seniors, teachers, and first responders; and a virtual walk to support the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Other activities at Centenary University to mark the day will include a trivia event centered on the life and triumphs of Dr. King’s commitment to change and service in America, and social media posts on the University’s Facebook and Instagram page honoring Dr. King’s contributions to society.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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