Finlandia University students weren’t in class today, but that didn’t stop them from having an incredible learning opportunity. Maybe one of the most important kinds of lessons to learn. That’s because they instead focused on what it means to provide service to their community as the university celebrated its second annual MLK Day of Service.
“The positive energy was evident on campus today,” said Erin Barnett, Director of Student Life. “Students were excited to get out into the community in the spirit of giving back. It’s part of our mission and is a great opportunity for growth.”
The day started with keynote speaker Nicole Newman providing an inspirational look at her career of volunteering and activism in Washington D.C. She spoke at the Finnish American Heritage Center to students and staff about making a difference in their own communities, and working with those close to them for a greater good.
In total more than 120 students participated in 19 service sites around the Copper Country. The second annual MLK Day of Service will conclude tonight at 7 with the showing of the movie Selma in Wargelin 303.Tags: Erin Barnett, MLK Day of Service, Nicole Newman