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Hundreds Honor Legacy of Dr. King Through Service and Education

Across the Valley hundreds of people honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the day, in different ways.
Across the Valley hundreds of people honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the day, in different ways.
   
One of those being through service.
 
Dr. King once said, "Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve."
 
That's exactly what nearly 400 Indiana State University students did Monday afternoon.

They started their day with lunch on campus.
   
Then moved to more than 20 different non-profit organizations throughout the community.
   
Some students helped pre-school students at Ryves Youth Center.
   
Others helped sort food for the Catholic Charities Food Bank.
   
It was an experience many participants found rewarding.

"Me and some of the guys wanted to come out and support the community on Martin Luther King Day, you get the day off and some people may just want to sit around but we feel like it would be more beneficial to the community and to us if we spent out time doing something more productive," Garrett Smith, a Junior at ISU said.

This was the seventh year ISU participated in the MLK Day of Service.
   
The university says the event grows each year.
 
Monday marked the tenth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth summit in Terre Haute.

The event brought together more than 100 teens.
   
It was held at the Booker T. Washington Community Center.
   
Participants took  part in several workshops lead by their peers and community leaders.
   
The focus of this year's summit was "accelerating excellence."
   
That theme was part of every workshop, discussion, and speech at the event.

"It also comes in handy in school when it comes bullying, you can help it if you see a kid down or anything you can remind them you're better than everybody says your are think of yourself as a good person and everything will workout great," Ashaun Miller, one of the program participants said.

This year's program was sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and the Terre Haute Human Relations Committee.
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